Wooster Splits Against St. Lawrence, Sewanee to Conclude California Trip

Davis Elkins
Titas Bera

The College of Wooster men's tennis team concluded its Spring Trip out West with split decisions against St. Lawrence University and Sewanee in a Monday doubleheader at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wooster (5-9) opened the day with a convincing 7-2 win over St. Lawrence University (2-3). The Fighting Scots swept doubles action – all by an 8-4 count – before winning four of six singles matches.

At No. 2 doubles, junior Titas Bera and sophomore Jesse DeWitt were the first to conclude, followed by Andrew Long and Nathan Devereux at the No. 3 spot and senior duo Jack Buchan and Davis Elkins at No. 1.

Moving on to singles play, Buchan put up a fight with a comeback victory at No. 2, storming back from a set down (3-6), before claiming the second, 6-3, and the third-set super tiebreaker, 10-8. Bera (6-1, 6-3), Elkins (6-1, 6-2) and Devereux (6-0, 7-5) all claimed straight-set victories at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.

Devereux's victory marked the clinching point for the College.

Against Sewanee (10-2), the seventh-ranked team in the Atlantic South region, the Scots battled through the doubles slate, dropping all three – two of them coming by one break – before taking two points in the singles fight, with one against a regionally-ranked competitor.

In doubles, both Buchan and Elkins (6-8) and Bera and DeWitt (6-8) went down at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while Long and Devereux lost 4-8 at No. 3.

In singles, Bera came away with an impressive three-set comeback victory at No. 1 over Andres Carro, the 23rd-ranked player in the region. The junior lost the first set, 3-6, before taking the second, 6-4, and the third-set tiebreaker, 10-8, as part of the last match standing.

Elkins tallied Wooster's other point from the No. 3 spot, as the senior defeated Sewanee's Hayden Loeb in a marathon third-set tiebreaker. Elkins won the opener, 6-1, before falling, 2-6, in the second set. Elkins pulled out the win, clinching the point in the third, 14-12.

Up next, Wooster hosts No. 34 Denison University (2-6) on Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m.