Florida A&M men’s tennis players dominated Saturday’s match with a final score of 7-0 against Norfolk State at the Palmetto Tennis Center.
“They played really solid, overall consistent matches. Impeccable,” coach Carl Goodman said.
The team opened strong with their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference match of the season. The team conquered both the doubles and singles making their season record 9-4.
“The match went pretty smooth,” Chidi Gabriel said. “Every body went through the motions and got through the match. I want to win the MEAC and I would like to stay undefeated for the season.”
Highlight moments include Michael Moore and Levan Clark performance against Kent Austin and Christian Romanzini. They set the tone closing their doubles in triumph with 8-0. Takura Happy and Chidi Gabriel defeated Arsenio Culver and Ben Marks 8-6 in the No.1 position. Temuera Asafu-Adjaye and Maurice Wamokowa won with a score of 8-3 against Jonathan Sessom and Brian Bullock.
“They did good in the doubles. 8-0, can’t get better than that. Overall, we only gave up nine games out of 24,” Goodman said.
In singles play, FAMU’s Clark defeated NSU’s Culver in three sets (7-5, 4-6 and 10-6). Happy took the No.2 spot with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Marks. Gabriel took the No. 3 position with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Romanzini. Wamokowa took the No.4 spot 6-1, 6-0 over NSU’s Kent Austin. Moore defeated Sessom 6-0, 6-1 and Asafu-Adjaye defeated Bullock 6-0, 6-0 in the last position.
“I played solid overall, no let downs so I feel pretty good about that,” Gabriel said.
The Rattlers are currently tied with South Carolina State in the Southern Division. Both teams have the same amount of wins and losses, but South Carolina State leads in percentage points.
“Everyone did what they were supposed to do. I practiced three days a week and made sure I was fit for the match,” Happy said.
The Rattlers will continue in the MEAC round-up followed with a home game against Nicholas State University on Tuesday, April 8.