Cannoneers down Knights, remain perfect in conference play

Cannoneers down Knights, remain perfect in conference play

BROOKLYN – The Pratt Institute men's tennis team improved to 2-0 in Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play following their 9-0 sweep of Berkeley College on Saturday afternoon in the ARC

Pratt's top tandem of Ben Erickson and Simon Salazar began doubles play by quickly defeating Berkeley's Rajah Mopoundza and Thomas Garcia Mena 8-0. In No. 2 doubles, the pairing of Hubert Chen and Johnson Meng struggled early as they trailed 6-2. However, the duo responded brilliantly – winning the final six games and taking the match 8-6. The Cannoneers would win the third doubles match via forfeit and held a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles action.

Ben Erickson, the reigning HVIAC Player of the Week, clinched the No. 1 singles match in dominant fashion, coasting to a 10-0 victory. Salazar claimed No. 2 singles in a similar manner – posting a 10-1 defeat over Berkeley's Sebastien Rousseau. Hubert Chen continued his exceptional recent play by winning his No. 3 singles match 8-3, and Johnson Meng's 10-0 sweep in No. 4 singles punctuated Pratt's afternoon. The Cannoneers would register wins in the final two singles slots via forfeit.

Up Next – The Cannoneers (3-4, 2-0 HVIAC) continue their conference slate with a trip to Culinary on Sunday, April 8. Match time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.