Men’s tennis holds on in first match of 2012

EDGEWATER, NJ (Feb. 26, 2012) - The Rutgers-Camden men’s tennis team earned its first win of the season Sunday afternoon, when they held off Yeshiva University 5-4.

The Raptors opened competition down 2-1 in doubles play.  In the first slot, Tyler Eager (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek) and Ryan Airo (Pitman, NJ/Pitman) fell 2-8.  Second doubles also slipped as Aaron Hartman (Wenonah, NJ/Gateway) and Adil Ismaa’eel (Wilmington, DE/A.I. Dupont) came up short 6-8. 

At the last doubles spot, newcomers Nick Shepherd (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview) and Ken Stubblefield (Port Republic, NJ/Oakcrest) put the Raptors on the board with a 9-8 victory. 

Moving to singles play, the Raptors took four out of the six matches against the Maccabees.  Eager took his first singles match to three sets, eventually falling 6-4, 0-6, 2-6.  The second and third slots were one-sided as Hartman (left) won 6-4, 6-4 and Airo (top right) rolled past his opponent 6-1, 6-3. 

Shephard fell in three sets at the fourth spot 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.  Pavel Fridman (Brooklyn, NY/John Dewey) (bottom right) earned a 7-6, 6-2 victory at six singles. In his first collegiate match, Ismaa’eel clinched the win for the Raptors as he pulled out his three-setter 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. 

RUC opens their first traditional season of dual match play since the spring of 1996 at 1-0.  Yeshiva begins their season 0-1.

The Raptors will have a long break before their home opener on March 16 when RUC will host Neumann University at 3:30 p.m.