Mountain Hawks advance to Semifinals with a thrilling win over Boston
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s tennis team prevailed against the Boston University Terriers in the quarter-finals of the Patriot League on Friday evening. With the 4: 3 victory, the Mountain Hawks will face the second-manned Army West Point Black Knights on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the Ulrich Tennis Courts.
“I’m so proud of our team,” said head coach Wouter Hendrix with a smile. “Boston is not number 6. Our boys have stuck together and moments like these are the reason I train. This is one of the games I will never forget in my life and it means seeing the joy and smiles of our boys everything to me. “
It’s time!!! #GoLehigh pic.twitter.com/TaJgQUmDJd
– Lehigh Tennis (@LehighTennis) April 23, 2021
The Mountain Hawks competed in front of their own families and friends and sent an early message by winning the colon. Zack Elliott and Harry Wang competed with new doubles partners for the first time this year and led teams No. 1 and No. 2 to 6-0 and 6-1 wins. Steven Nazaroff paired with Elliott and Jacob Edelchik paired with Wang.
Although the terriers did not reach the colon, they did not give in. Boston took their third straight-set win 6-4, 6-3. Jordan Paul and Edelchik both took straight-set wins for the Mountain Hawks. Paul finished fifth with 5: 2, 6: 3, while Edelchik’s victory ended 6: 1, 6: 4.
The momentum turned with Lehigh’s 3-1 lead and Boston gained the advantage late in the singles games. The Terriers were leading late in the third set in the last three crucial games. Elliott (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Wang (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) dropped their matches even after the first set against their opponents.
Gary Fishkin and Boston’s Jose Maria Robalino put on a show for the fans. Fishkin were 3-0 behind in the third and final set and things didn’t look good for the Mountain Hawks, but Fishkin’s determination and determination were enough to send the match to the tiebreakers. Fishkin were up 6-3 in the tiebreaker, but Robalino stormed back to end the match again. However, Lehigh’s Junior gathered enough energy and defeated Robalino to seal the deal.
GO ON !!! Gary Fishkin’s groundbreaking win seals the win for @LehighTennis #GoLehigh pic.twitter.com/Eb6lZo0nvJ
– Lehigh Sports (@LehighSports) April 23, 2021
“Our guys have kept the trust. It’s a luxury to have a deep team. We have people who push each other every day to get better. The energy this team brings and the chemistry they have , are amazing, we have people who can keep up and win against anyone in the league.
Next, the Mountain Hawks and Black Knights will compete against each other on Saturday at 3 p.m. Army West Point was blown up 7-0 earlier in the day by Loyola, Md.
No. 1 Zack Elliott – Bogatin: L, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 Harry Wang-Lu: L, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Matt Kleiman – Siozios: L, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Jacob Edelchik – Hartenstein: W, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Jordan Paul – Sajonz: W, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Gary Fishkin – Robalino: W, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
No. 1 Elliott / Nazaroff – Robalino / Lu: W, 6-0
Well. 2 Wang / Edelchik – Bogatin / Sajonz: W, 6-1
No. 3 apprentices / Kleiman – Siozios / Hartenstein: 3-4 DNF
Gallery: (4-23-2021) Men’s Tennis vs. Boston University, PL Quarter Finals