The Winthrop men’s tennis team was defeated 4-3 by Wofford College on Thursday night in its 2014 season opener at Memorial Courts.
The Eagles competed well in the doubles competition, even though Wofford won two of the three close matches. In the No. 1 doubles position, the Eagles team of Peter Nagovnak and Corey DeCandia came up just short against Wofford’s Rob Galloway and Haris Poric in a 6-4 match. However, in the No. 2 doubles match, Winthrop’s Yuta Hirokawa and Tremayne Mitchell had a convincing 6-1 victory over Walker Heffron and Jackson Keith. Wofford secured a doubles victory as David Sklar and Trevor Gotkowski won another close match at 6-4, over Steven Patrick and Juan Pablo Boada.
In the singles competition, Winthrop ended up with a 3-3 split with Wofford. Hirokawa defeated Wofford’s Galloway in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, to secure the Eagles’ victory at the No. 1 singles position. Wofford won the No. 2 singles position, when Winthrop’s Patrick came up just short against Poric 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Boada had a straight sets victory for the Eagles over Keith, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 3 singles position, and the No. 4 singles position included a victory for Wofford, as Heffron defeated Mitchell 6-2, 5-6, 6-3. Nagovnak earned a victory in straight sets at the No. 5 singles position over Gotkowski 6-4, 6-3, to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead in singles competition. However, Parks Thompson’s win over DeCandia at the No. 6 position (4-6, 6-1, 6-1) was the deciding match.
The Eagles will be in action again on Sunday against Davidson, in Davidson, N.C. at 1:00 p.m.