Devils Top Missouri Valley for First Win

Erik DiNardo and the Red Devils posted a win over Missouri Valley on Thursday afternoon in Hilton Head<BR>
Photo by James Rasp
Erik DiNardo and the Red Devils posted a win over Missouri Valley on Thursday afternoon in Hilton Head
Photo by James Rasp



(Hilton Head, S.C.) – The Dickinson men's tennis team picked up a 5-4 win over Missouri Valley College on Thursday afternoon, but suffered a pair of losses on Friday to close out the week in Hilton Head.


Will Golinkin (Houston, Texas/Kincaid) and Chris Mueller-Wolf (Hamburg, Germany/Pennington School, N.Y.) opened the match with a 7-2 lead in the top doubles flight. They held on for a 9-8 (5) tie-break win.


Joey Frank (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) and Erik Dinardo (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Boca Raton) earned an 8-2 win the third flight to put the Devils in front, 2-0, heading into singles.


Golinkin added a 6-0, 6-3 win the top singles flight while Mueller-Wolf rallied to claim the third flight, 2-6, 6-2, 10-3. He took a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and closed out the match just before the lights went off.


Dinardo played his best match of the week, closing out the match with a key, (6-2, 6-2) decision in the sixth flight. Frank battled in the fourth flight, taking the opening set, 6-3, before falling 6-2, 10-3.


Just 10 hours later, the Red Devils were back on the courts to face Rhodes. A sluggish start put the Devils behind 3-0 after doubles, dropping 8-4, 8-3, 8-3 decisions. Rhodes would post a 7-2 win.


Mueller-Wolf earned one of the Devil points with an 8-3 win and sophomore Jon Brittin (McLean, Va./Landon) earned a three-set victory in the sixth flight, 6-3, 0-6, 10-7.


The Devils suffered a 6-3 setback to Denison on Friday. The match marked the sixth in six days and second double-header of the week. Dickinson battled in every match as they prepare to open Centennial Conference play.


Ari Blask (Chevy Chase, Md./Charles E. Smith) came out strong, winning the second singles flight, 6-4, 6-1. Mueller-Wolf added another win, taking the third flight (0-6, 7-5, 10-3). Dinardo captured the third point, winning his flight, 7-6, 6-2.


The Red Devils stand at 1-6 on the season. They host Elizabethtown on Thursday before opening conference play against Johns Hopkins on Saturday.





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