MERION STATION, Pa. – Nathan Perrone set a new Saint Joseph’s men’s tennis program record with its 24th singles victory of the season as the Hawks rolled past Coppin State, 6-1, at the SJU Tennis Complex on Monday afternoon.
Perrone passed the mark set by Jimmy Holland, who won 23 matches in the 2002-03 season.
HOW IT SAID
• Saint Joseph’s (11-3) took the lead straight out of the chute with victories in both controversial doubles matches. Justus Agbo and Alp Sentay won 6-1 in the second flight before Perrone and Nickolas Frisk ended things with a 6-2 victory in the first.
• It set the stage for Perrone to run on the winning record in a single season, and he did so in style, winning with love in the top match before being joined by his teammates on the pitch to celebrate.
Fresh also won in straight sets in second flight and Nassim Fenjiro won in the fourth to end the day for the Hawks.
“Today was a big deal for me,” Perrone said. “After having a fantastic fall season of winning two invitational tournaments and recording 11 singles victories, I knew the record would be within my reach if I were to have a fantastic doubles season. I like to have a goal every time I is out on the tennis court and this has been my biggest goal for several months now.The former top player on the tennis program and current assistant coach Tim Stierle once told me that he wanted me to beat this record and that he always thought it would be possible for me. I really want to thank him for sticking this in my head and believing in me because it only made me want it more for each match I got closer to 24.
“This is my first full season as a college tennis player, believe it or not. I switched to Saint Josephs for the 2019 spring season from Community College, and the following year we only had the fall season before the pandemic cut the spring season short. Last year, the fall was also canceled due to the pandemic and I was only able to play in the spring.This year I was finally able to play an autumn and spring season back-to-back and here we are, 24 singles victories, a record for a single season with several games left.I could not be more proud of myself for what I achieved today.
“There was a time in my life when I never thought it would be possible to play DI college tennis. That’s why certain things like this mean so much to me. I really want to thank my head coach Marc Pibernat to always believe in me and push me every step of the way. It has been a long road for us; without him none of this is possible. I would also like to thank all the members of this team because they believe in me like no other and make me strive to be a better tennis player and person every day. In the end, I have to thank my girlfriend Alli, her family and my parents, because without them I’m not sure where my life would be. I have a few more fights before my college career ends and I will give everything I have to finish. I love being a hawk and being a part of this university. “
“What an incredible moment, not only for Nate, but for his teammates, the tennis program, the athletics department, the university and myself as his coach,” the head coach Marc Pibernat said. “We’re all extremely lucky to have him with us, and it means a lot to Nate what he has achieved today. It was a great team victory again today, and of course the shoutout goes to Nate for all that he has achieved here at Hawk Hill. There’s still more to come; he’s not done, and we are not done! “
Perrone gets his first chance to extend the mark on Wednesday when the Hawks visit Villanova.
Saint Joseph’s 6, Coppin State 1
1. Nicolas Frisk / Nathan Perrone (SJU) def. Luka Markovic / Sergiu Medesan (CSU), 6-2
2. Justus Agbo / Alp Sentay (SJU) def. Vansh Kapoor / Dean Waterman (CSU), 6-1
3. Nassim Fenjiro / Alex MacNeil (SJU) won via walkover
Finishing order: 2, 1
1. Perrone (SJU) def. Medesan (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
2. Frisk (SJU) def. Markovic (CSU), 6-3, 6-2
Kapoor (CSU) def. Jack Campbell (SJU), 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 (STB)
Fenjiro (SJU) def. Waterman (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Eshan Kanetkar (SJU) won via walkover
6. MacNeil (SJU) won via walkover
Finishing order: 1, 2, 4, 3
Singles: Saint Joseph’s 46, Coppin State 20
Double: Saint Joseph’s 12, Coppin State 3
Total: Saint Joseph’s 58, Coppin State 23