Davey Roberts had the clincher on court five against South Florida.
The 46th-ranked Princeton men’s tennis team’s three-match spring break trip to Florida began with a 4-3 win over South Florida Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.
Princeton bounced back from dropping the doubles point with a win from Luke Gamble in court three, Kial Kaiser on court one over 72nd-ranked Alberto Barroso-Campos, and Davey Roberts on court five to clinch it. With USF playing shorthanded, Princeton won the match on court six by forfeit, and USF needed to take both doubles contests to win the afternoon’s first point.
“It was a bit of an unusual match today,” Princeton coach Billy Pate said. “We battled some tough, windy conditions and didn’t play our best. Though USF was shorthanded, they had guys playing with a sense of urgency while we found ourselves pressing from the start. It’s fair to say we were fortunate and we’ll need to be better prepared Friday night. Nonetheless, we’re happy to get an important win over a quality team and move forward.”
Kaiser’s win over Barroso-Campos was the third time in his last five matches that he’s defeated an ITA-ranked opponent, doing so in three of his last four opportunities.
Princeton will continue the trip with a match Friday at 6 p.m. against UCF at the USTA complex in Lake Nona, Fla. The team will have updates on Twitter @PtonMensTennis, and video and live stats will also be available.
1. Bertran/Wojcik (USF) def. Gamble/Rodriguez (Princeton), 7-6(0)
2. Barroso-Campos/Luquet (USF) def. Payton Holden/Seggerman (Princeton), 7-5
1. Kial Kaiser (Princeton) def. #72 Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF), 3-6, 3-2, retired
2. Peter Bertran (USF) def. Ryan Seggerman (Princeton), 6-1, 7-6(0)
3. Luke Gamble (Princeton) def. Jakub Wojcik (USF), 6-1, 6-0
4. Pierre Luquet (USF) def. Damian Rodriguez (Princeton), 7-6(5), 6-3
5. Davey Roberts (Princeton) def. Jourdan Kast (USF), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,3,2,1,5,4)