BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Elon University men’s tennis team won its first dual meet of the 2013 season on Thursday, Jan. 31, after grinding out a 4-3 road win over Campbell at the James Nisbet Tennis Center.
The Phoenix won the doubles point by sweeping all three matches, including at No. 1 where 22nd-ranked Cameron Silverman and Stefan Fortmann came up with an 8-2 decision over Josep Baro and Rick Van Gerwen.
Fortmann gave the maroon and gold a 2-0 edge after finishing first in singles, as the reigning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year registered a 6-2, 6-1, win in straight sets versus Steve Billington at the No. 2 position.
Juan Madrid came up with a key point for the Phoenix at No. 6 singles, topping Van Gerwen in two sets, 7-5, 6-3, to give Elon a 3-0 lead.
Jordan Kaufman won a three-set thriller at No. 5 singles against Campbell’s Baro to clinch the match. After splitting the first two sets against Baro, 6-4, 4-6, Kaufman dominated the third set and closed on the match in impressive fashion with a 6-1 decision.
Silverman, ranked 21st in the country in singles, dropped a tough match at No. 1 to Campbell’s Fernando Guillen in three sets, falling 4-6, 6-3, 5-7.
Elon returns to action on Feb. 8 at NC State.