SALISBURY, Md. – Tetsuya Ota (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Prep), Slade Dumas (Great Falls, Va./Dominion), Brian Kane (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Select) and Frankie Mullinix (Washington, D.C./The George School) each won their singles and a double matches to power Goucher College past Virginia Wesleyan 7-2 in the first dual match of the year in non-conference men's tennis action on Saturday.
The Gophers opened the spring season in the same place and the same opponent as last year, but the four-time defending Landmark Conference champions opened 2020 with a 7-2 win against the Marlins after falling 5-4 last year to the Virginia Beach program.
Omosesan Adebamgbe (Philadelphia, Pa./Lower Merion) and Dumas continue to be a dominant tandem after earning All-Landmark Conference second-team honors last year. The duo moved up to No. 2 doubles and turned back its opponent 8-2 for the first team point of the year.
Michael Herman (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Nova Porg) stayed at No. 1 doubles, but Mullinix moved up a spot after teaming with Elliot Diehl last year at No. 2 doubles to earn an 8-5 win.
Playing for the first time together, Kane and Ota won 8-5 at No. 3 singles for what would be the the eventual clinching match.
Ota won at No. 1 singles without allowing a game, 6-0, 6-0 while Dumas moved into the No. 3 spot for a 6-2, 6-3 win. Kane played at No. 4 singles to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win while Mullinix was also taken to three sets at No. 6 singles 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.
Herman lost at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-3 and Adebambge fell at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Goucher will play two matches on Sunday at Salisbury. The Gophers will face Methodist at 10 a.m. and nationally-ranked Salisbury at 2 p.m.
(GC) Tetsuya Ota defeats (VW) Timothy Tep, 6-0, 6-0
(VW) Mitchell Perry defeats (GC) Michael Herman, 6-1, 6-3
(GC) Slade Dumas defeats (VW) Andreas Combos, 6-2, 6-3
(GC) Brian Kane defeats (VW) Anthony Wilson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
(VW) Nick Gunter defeats (GC) Omosesan Adebamgbe, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
(GC) Frankie Mullinix defeats (VW) Henry West, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
(GC) Michael Herman/Frankie Mullinix defeat (VW) Timothy Tep/Nick Gunter, 8-5
(GC) Omosesan Adebamgbe/Slade Dumas defeat (VW) Mitchell Perry/Henry West, 8-2
(GC) Tetsuya Ota/Brian Kane defeats (VW) Anthony Wilson/Andreas Combos, 8-5