CHICAGO, Ill. – It took nearly four hours, but the Carthage College men's tennis team persisted and came out victorious in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship with a 5-3 victory over the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University.
 
The Red Men, who earned a berth via the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's automatic bid won in the conference tournament, improved to 6-9 all-time in the NCAA Championship tournament and 22-6 in dual matches in 2016.
 
Alex Boomgarden and Ryan Jump opened the doubles competition with a convincing 8-4 victory over Scott Adsit and Dillon O'Brien in the number-two doubles.  Pawel Jaworski and Chris Conley followed suit in the one doubles with an 8-4 win as well over Jad Abdul-Aal and David Sinense in the one's.
 
After falling behind in the three doubles match, Lukasz Jaworski and Fordy Leipold made a ferocious comeback to tie it up at 6-6 and 7-7.  However, Tyler Cole and Nick Siciliano managed to hold the Red Men a bay, taking the next two sets to shutdown a Carthage sweep and hold the score to 2-1 in the Red Men's favor.
 
The Blue Streaks tied and took the lead, 3-2, with wins by Abul-Aal over Boomgarden [6-1, 6-3] and Cole over L. Jaworski [6-2, 6-1].
 
The Red Men would swing the lead back in Carthage's favor with two dominant performances in the number-two and number-three singles.
 
In the three-singles, Pawel Jaworski dominated Alex Guthrie to a straight set victory [6-1, 6-2] to even-up the match at 3-3.
 
The record books were rewritten with Ryan Jump's victory in the number-two singles match.  Jump cruised to victory over Sinense in straight-sets [6-4, 6-2] to give the Red Men the edge in the match, 4-3. 
 
With his 91st  singles victory, Jump became Carthage's sole leader in singles victories in a career, beaking Matt Whiteside's and Jeff Lotz Jr.'s marks of 90 career singles wins, set in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
 
It would come down to third sets in the four and six singles to decide the match. 
 
After taking the first set from Nick Siciliano, Chris Conley dropped the second.  For Alex Ferruzzi it was vice versa.  Ferruzzi battled back against Adsit to the second set and keep the match from becoming a tie once again at 4-4.
 
It was Conley who managed to strike in the third set jumping out to a 4-2 lead aftera number of broken serves by each competitor.  At 5-3 and looking at match point, Conley watched a Siciliano attack sail wide and give the set and match to the Red Men, 5-3.
 
Leading 3-2 in the third, Ferruzzi's match went unfinished.
 
The Red Men will face the University of Chicago in the second round of the NCAA Championship, at the Stagg Field Tennis Courts at 3:00 PM on Saturday.