HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With the temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and light snow flurries, the Southern Miss men's tennis team opened the 2014 spring season with a 6-1 victory over Jacksonville State Friday afternoon.
"This was a total team effort," First-year Head Coach Zubin Engineer said. "Everyone rose to the occasion and played with good focus and intensity."
The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start against Jacksonville State, taking the doubles point in swift fashion. Seniors Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar struck first on court three with a 6-1 victory against Felipe Wenzel and Austin McCormick (JSU). The duo of junior Brad Marriott and sophomore Vasco Valverde followed with a 6-2 win over Pedro Wagner and Jaryd (JSU). Southern Miss' senior Alex Doleac and freshman Chao-Yu Huang were leading 5-2 over Mathisa Chaim and Jeff Wendler-Filho before the match was called.
In singles play, Southern Miss added another point when Valverde topped Chaim in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Alvarado pushed the Golden Eagles' lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 over Wagner.
Newcomer Huang clinched the match for the Golden Eagles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court 4 against Felipe Diaz. Doleac picked up a win at No. 5 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Wendler-Filho for a 5-0 lead.
Rounding out the singles' play, Escobar battled to a 6-5 (8-6), 6-5 (7-5) win over Wenzel at No. 6. Jacksonville State got it's only point on court 2 with Reese defeating Marriott in a three-set battle, 6-5 (7-5), 5-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-7).
Southern Miss is back in action on Sunday at 2 p.m., when the Golden Eagles take on Jackson State.
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