Men's Tennis' Early Lead Is Bested By Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. - Southern Miss men's tennis took an early lead against Ole Miss but were bested in singles play to drop its first match of the season in a 5-2 loss.
The doubles teams gave the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead despite losing on court 1. Senior Wen-Po Tseng and freshman Chung Han Tsai out played the duo on court 2 to even the score and put the pressure on court 3 to earn the point. Freshman newcomers, Tom Cecchetto and Mieszko Kuasniewski earned the first doubles point as a Golden Eagle in a 6-4 win.
Singles play proved difficult for the Golden Eagles as junior Jorman Reyes who led the side in wins last season, fell in straight sets to No. 14 Tim Sandkaulen on court 2. The other two ranked opponents on Ole Miss made it a 3-1 lead after defeating Ronit Bisht and Tsai on courts 1 and 3 respectively.
Mikhail Esipov earned the lone singles point after forcing a three-set match. Esipov lost the first set 4-6 but finished the match 6-1, 7-5. Esipov's winning ways carried over from the fall season where he won the last two tournaments in which he competed.
Daniel Merker and Cecchetto also lost their matches on courts 4 and 5.
The Golden Eagles return home for eight straight matches. Next weekend features three matches beginning on Friday, Jan. 26 hosting Florida A&M at 2 p.m. The following matches showcase Jackson State and Alcorn State on Saturday. Last season, the Golden Eagles opened its season up to the same three teams and began the season 3-0.