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Men's Tennis Shows Improvement on Second Day of ECU Fall Shootout
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/22/2013
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GREENVILLE, N.C., Sept. 21, 2013 – The James Madison men’s tennis team turned in a solid showing during the second day of the ECU Fall Shootout on Saturday, winning two singles and two doubles matches.

Sophomore Maxi Branth (Stockholm, Sweden/Tullinge Gymnasium) improved to 2-0 playing in the Gold Pod. Branth defeated Navy junior Calvin Mark, a First Team All-Patriot League selection last season, 6-4, 6-4. He also teamed with Mason Smith (Norfolk, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate School) for an 8-4 win over Navy’s Alex Gaines and Tyler Tossavainen in the doubles Gold Pod.

Freshman Niels Kathol (Bonn, Germany/Collegium Josephinum Bonn), playing in the Pirate Pod, picked up his first career victory for the Dukes. He topped Navy freshman Krishna Jana 6-4, 6-1 to improve to 1-1 during the fall season.

Kathol was also a winner in doubles play, teaming with freshman Alex Berdnikoff (Calgary, Alberta/Edge School for Athletes) in an 8-4 win over the Coastal Carolina duo of Reanan Samed and Rick Timmerman.

The event was delayed three hours due to rain, which forced some of the matches to be played indoors. The round robin tournament concludes Sunday with a round of singles and doubles action beginning at 9 a.m. 

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