Men’s Tennis Team Falls To Undefeated Manhattanville

PURCHASE — SUNY New Paltz ran into a buzzsaw in undefeated Manhattanville on Wednesday, losing 7-2 to the Valiants to snap its two-match win streak.

The tandem of Woodstock native Justin Jourden and Chris Knoblauch ended Karl Nifontoff and Jonathan Tiltke’s undefeated 12-match run at second doubles, 8-3, and Onteora High graduate Josh Elohim outlasted Alex Berne at fifth singles, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), to account for the Hawks’ two victories.

New Paltz (6-5) next plays in the Metro Collegiate Tennis Championships this Friday and Saturday at the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing.


Manhattanville 7, New Paltz 2

Singles: 1. Walter Brown (M) def. Justin Jourden (NP), 6-1, 6-1. 2. Jonathan Tiltke (M) def. Tiberiu Taran (NP), 6-1, 6-0. 3. J.P. Elhage (M) def. Ed Paulinski (NP), 6-1, 6-2. 4. Karl Nifontoff (M) def. Chris Knoblauch (NP), 6-0, 7-6 (12-10). 5. Josh Elohim (NP) def. Alex Berne (M), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6). 6. Sean Bowen (M) def. David Bridglall (NP), 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: 1. Walter Brown/J.P. Elhage (M) def. Ed Paulinski/Tiberiu Taran (NP), 8-1. 2. Justin Jourden/Chris Knoblauch (NP) def. Karl Nifontoff/Jonathan Tiltke (M), 8-3. 3. Alex Berne/Sean Bowen (M) def. Eric Gullickson/Andrew Lehr (NP), 8-6.

Team Records: New Paltz 6-5, Manhattanville 14-0.