MERION STATION, Pa. – Nathan Perrone The Hawks rolled past Coppin State, 6-1, at the SJU Tennis Complex on Monday afternoon.
Perrone passed the mark set by Jimmy Holland, who won 23 matches in the 2002-03 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• St. Joseph’s (11-3) took the lead on the out right with a chute and both contested doubles matches. Justus Agbo and Alp Sentay won 6-1 in the second flight before Perrone and Nickolas Frisk Finish things off with a 6-2 win in the first.
• Perrone took a single-season wins record for that set stage, and he did it in style, winning at the top flight before joining his teammates on the court.
• Frisk won straight sets in the second flight as well Nassim Fenjiro The Hawks won the fourth to finish off the day.
“Today was a big deal for me,” Perrone said. “After having two great invitational tournaments and recording 11 singles wins, I knew that the record would be within my reach if I had a great dual match season. The former top player of the tennis program and current assistant coach Tim Stierle Once told me that he wanted to break this record and that he always thought it was possible for me. Sticking for my head and believing in this is the only thing that made me want more every match I got to 24.
“This is my first full season as a college tennis player, believe it or not. Last year, the fall was also canceled due to the pandemic and I was only able to play in the spring. Go to multiple matches with a single-season record.
“There was a time in my life when I was never thinking of playing DI college tennis. It was possible to do that. So much so. Marc Pibernat for always believing in me and pushing me every step of the way. It has been a long road for us; Without him this is possible. I also want to thank every member of this team who believes in me and how to strive to be a better tennis player and person every day. Lastly I need to thank my girlfriend Alli, her family, and my parents for not being where they are without my life. I have a few more matches before my college career comes to an end and I’m going to finish everything I have. I love being a Hawk and being a part of this university. “
“What an unbelievable moment, not just for Nate, but for his teammates, the tennis program, the athletic department, the university and myself as his coach,” Marc Pibernat said. “We are all very lucky to have him with us and it means everything to Nate. He was a reat team win today and a shoutout goes to Nate for everything he has accomplished here.” is still more to come; he is not done and we are not done! “
Perrone will have his first chance to extend the mark on Wednesday when the Hawks host Villanova.
Saint Joseph’s 6, Coppin State 1
1. Nickolas Frisk / Nathan Perrone (SJU) def. Luka Markovic / Sergiu Medesan (CSU), 6-2
2. Justus Agbo / Alp Sentay (SJU) def. Vansh Kapoor / Dean Waterman (CSU), 6-1
3. Nassim Fenjiro / Alex MacNeil (SJU) won via walkover
Finish of Order: 2, 1
1. Perrone (SJU) def. Medesan (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
2. Frisk (SJU) def. Markovic (CSU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Kapoor (CSU) def. Jack Campbell (SJU), 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 (STB)
4. Fenjiro (SJU) def. Waterman (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Eshan Kanetkar (SJU) won via walkover
6. MacNeil (SJU) won via walkover
Finish of Order: 1, 2, 4, 3
Singles: St. Joseph’s 46, Coppin State 20
Doubles: St. Joseph’s 12, Coppin State 3
Total: St. Joseph’s 58, Coppin State 23