SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Elon men’s tennis team won the doubles point and secured victories in five of the six singles matches to earn a 6-1 win over the host Wofford Terriers in Southern Conference men’s tennis action on Sunday afternoon.
“After losing a very close 4-3 match yesterday at Furman, it was great to see our guys push through today and compete hard for the win,” said Elon head coach Michael Leonard.
Rookies Jordan Kaufman and Dan Sablik provided a spark in doubles to get Elon (8-11, 5-3) started on the right foot. After Elon and Wofford split matches on courts one and two, Kaufman and Sablik paired together for only the second time this dual season and fought out a 9-8 (4) win over Walker Heffron and Jackson Keith to clinch the doubles point for the Phoenix.
Sophomore Cameron Silverman and freshman Stefan Fortmann teamed for the second straight match at the top doubles position due to an injury to Eric Turner. The duo cruised to an 8-1 win against Tinus Van Wyk and Rob Galloway to help Elon take the early lead.
In singles, Fortmann rebounded after a loss yesterday, dropping only three games in a 6-2, 6-1 decision against Drew Superstein at number two. Andrew Prince posted the same score against Galloway on court four to give Elon a 3-0 advantage.
After Wofford picked up a point with a win at number five, Silverman closed the door on the Terriers and defended his unbeaten league record with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Van Wyk. The reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year is 16-2 against league foes in his two seasons.
Elon’s Carlos Arboleda knocked off Tom Wood, 6-4, 6-4, on court six and Kaufman won his third straight match with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) decision over Keith at number three. Kaufman is now 7-1 in SoCon matches.
The Phoenix will play its final two home matches of the season this week, beginning with a bout against UNCG on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. Matches between the Phoenix and Spartans have traditionally been close, but Elon has been on the losing end of the last three matches, all decided by 4-3 scores.