The University of Sunderland men’s tennis 1sts record their first point of the season after a draw away at York.
After a narrow defeat against Hull 1sts in last week’s opener, this was another match which Sunderland would have expected to win after they beat York twice in the league last season.
However, after a couple of tight and decisive singles matches, the points were eventually shared following a 3-3 draw.
Sunderland made the perfect start when star man Konstantinos Axelos recorded another comprehensive victory, beating York’s Zaccariah Sheppard 6-3 6-1.
Even so, the hosts were soon level after Sunderland’s Phil Rudd and Paddy Horne lost the first doubles rubber of the tie, losing 6-2 6-3 to Ruairi Ward and Matthew Buxton of York.
The pivotal match of the tie came on court two where Sunderland’s Andrew Waddell suffered gruelling three set defeat.
After dropping the first set, Waddell recovered to clinch a close second on a tie break. Even so it wasn’t enough to stop Sunderland falling 2-1 behind, as Waddell was finally beaten 6-2 6-7 6-4 by York’s Andrew Sanders.
In the reverse matches Axelos and Waddell conjured up a straight sets victory to level to tie, beating Zaccariah and Sanders 6-3 6-3 in the second doubles match of the day.
With the scores level, the final two singles matches were then shared after Sunderland’s captain Rudd was defeated 6-2 6-3 by James Bowles.
Horne rescued a point for the visitors, beating York’s Richard Kiy 7-5 6-3, to level the tie at three matches apiece.
Sunderland now turn their attention to Hull 2nds in the Northern Conference Cup, which gets underway next week.