|Joaquin Abos Amo|
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – For the fourth time in the last five years, the outcome of The College of Wooster men's tennis team's match against Walsh University came down to the last match on the court, and for the third time in that stretch, the Fighting Scots emerged victorious, this time with a 4-3 decision on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Joaquin Abos Amo emerged as the latest Wooster (1-0) hero in the exciting rivalry, with his come-from-behind 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alex Medina at No. 3 singles capping the Scots' fall lid-lifter.
Walsh's (0-1) Filipp Kulynych's 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles moved the Cavaliers to the brink of clinching the match, and that forced Wooster to win the remaining three matches in progress. Wooster sophomore Austin Hanna righted the ship after splitting sets to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 over Dawson Drummond at No. 4 singles. In the sixth flight, first-year Nivaan Lobo rallied back from a set down to upend Pedro Campos 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3, and that tied the match at three all.
Senior Nathan Devereux's strong start in singles quickly tied the match at one. He topped Walsh's Clemens Wagner 6-3, 6-3 in the second flight.
Wooster's other win was logged by Hanna and sophomore Alon Liberman at No. 1 doubles. They downed Medina and Jakob Riglewski 6-3, but Walsh took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. A recent scoring change to matches against NCAA Div. II opponents now awards a single point to the team total to the team that wins at least two doubles matches.
Last year, Liberman's 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at fifth singles clinched the win for Wooster, while in 2015, Harrison Suttle clinched the match with his 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (1) win at No. 5.
Noteworthy, the matches that counted toward the team score featured a combined 10 international student-athletes.
Wooster's fall season wraps up at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships, which start on October 4 at Kalamazoo, Michigan.