By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. â€“ Dartmouth men’s tennis seniors Charlie Broom and David Horneffer had a great first day of the ITA All-America Championship, winning both a singles and doubles match.
In his first-round match against Zeke Clark of Illinois, Broom won the first set, 6-4, before falling in the second by the same score. The third set was even closer, but the Big Green senior walked away with a 7-5 victory to take the match.
“Charlie did a great job of dealing with a bunch of situational changes in adversity over the course of his match,” assistant coach Jeff Wilson said. “The match began outside in cold and windy conditions and, due to rain in the second set, had to be moved indoors. I am very impressed with his professionalism, his sustained mindset throughout a three-hour match, and his commitment to play within himself, which ultimately garnered the victory.”
Later in the day, Broom and Horneffer paired up to take down No. 1 Raphael Lambling and Daniel Rodrigues of South Carolina, 7-6, 6-2.
“It was good to see them play extremely big tennis,” Wilson said. “The team chemistry between them is outstanding and, in these kinds of tournaments, energy, chemistry, and basic fundamentals are necessary to be successful. They’re competing and winning against the best in the country and it’s great to see.”
Broom and Horneffer will be back for the second round on Thursday.
Broom (Dartmouth) def. Clark (Illinois), def. 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. No. 1 Lambling/Rodrigues (South Carolina), 7-6, 6-2