GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Taylor men's tennis edged Davenport in dramatic fashion Friday, with Chris Robbins winning the decisive match at No. 4 singles 6-1 in the third set.
Though Robbins dropped the opening set 7-5, he came all the way back to seal the deal for Taylor's third win of the season.
"The crazy thing is that it was Chris's birthday today," said head coach Don Taylor. "He was the last one to finish with the match tied 4-4 and played really well. It was a good match and a good birthday present for him."
The play started with doubles. Alex Jung and Jacob Scott earned a point for Taylor by default, while at No. 1 doubles Carlos Guarin and Juan Ramirez teamed up to win by the slim margin of 8-6 over Davenport's Haja Denise and Kevin Slagh. Entering singles play, the Trojans held a 2-1 advantage as Carter Perry and Robbins fell 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.
Ramirez won decisively at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-3, and Ruben Bedon won at No. 6 singles by default to represent the remaining Trojan points. Robbins' heroics came following a well-played and competitive straight set loss at No. 3 singles by Perry.
Taylor (3-8, 2-6 CL) will face Cornerstone on the road tomorrow, with a quick turnaround in a match slated to begin at 10:00 am.
Taylor def. Davenport; 5-4
No. 1- Juan-Philip van Antwerpen (DU) def. Carlos Guarin; 6-1, 6-3
No. 2- Juan Ramirez (TU) def. Matthew Boyle; 6-2, 6-3
No. 3- Haja Denise (DU) def. Carter Perry; 6-3, 7-5
No. 4- Chris Robbins (TU) def. Kevin Slagh; 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5- Steven Vink (DU) def. Alex Jung; 6-1, 6-2
No. 6- Ruben Bedon (TU) def. DU; DEF
No. 1-Guarin/Ramirez (TU) def. Denise/Slagh; 8-6
No. 2- Boyle/van Antwerpen (DU) def. Perry/Robbins; 8-6
No. 3- Jung/Scott (TU) def. DU; DEF