Winter Park, Fla. – The Clark University men's tennis team is on a streak that the program hasn't seen in 20 years. On Thursday, the Cougars swept through Colby-Sawyer and Ursinus College en route to their fourth straight win at the Martin Tennis Center.
Clark (4-1) knocked off the Chargers 7-2, before rallying for a thrilling 5-4 win over the Bears, sending the Cougars to their fourth straight victory – the program's longest winning stretch since 1992.
The day opened with a win over Colby-Sawyer, as the Cougars picked up doubles victories at No. 1 behind Diego Angel (Lima, Peru) and Zack Goodstein (Columbus, Ohio) and a hard fought win at No. 3 as Dan Paradee (Gardiner, Maine) and Scott Cabell (West Hartford, Conn.) turned back Justin Pinard and Eric Caples, 9-8 (7-6).
Playing at No. 1 singles for the first time in his career, Dan Stein (Newton, Mass.), rolled by Pinard, 6-0, 6-1, while Josh Burger (Fairfield, Conn.) also won in straight sets over Reeve Fidler at No. 2, 6-3, 6-0.
Paradee found himself in another battle, this time at No. 3 singles. He won the first set over Nolan Foley, 6-2, then went to a tiebreaker, eventually collecting the second set, 7-6 (8-6).
Joel Simonson (Waterford, Conn.) won at No. 4 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 over Will Berry and Cabell picked up his first career singles win at No. 6 in three sets over Caples, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
The nightcap was a thriller as the Cougars got a win from Stein and Burger in doubles that secured the match.
Clark and the Bears played the singles first and it looked as if the Cougars were going to have an easy time avenging last season's 6-3 lost to Ursinus, even though Angel lost his first singles match of the year, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1.
Stein, playing at No. 2, took down Evan Lord, 7-5, 6-3, but Brent Stevenson gave the Bears another win, this time at No. 3 with his 6-2, 7-5 decision over Goodstein.
The Cougars won the rest of the singles matches however, as Burger (No. 4), Paradee (No. 5) and Simonson (No. 6) all posted straight set wins.
Things tightened up in doubles play, as Evan Stuchin and Lord teamed up to take down Angel and Goodstein, 8-6 at No. 1. Then David Rowe and Logan Metcalf-Kelly eked out an 8-6 win over Dan Hall (Sutton, Mass.) and Spencer Brightman (Sudbury, Mass.) at No. 3, setting the stage for a winner take all No. 2 doubles.
Fittingly, the match went to a tiebreaker, where Stein and Burger were able to secure the win over Stevenson and Matt Hope, 9-8 (7-4).
The Cougars will return to the courts on Friday when they visit Bridgewater State and then have their home opener of Saturday the 17th against Emerson.