OXFORD, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 21 ranked Ole Miss Friday at the Gilliom Sports Center after cold weather forced the match indoors.
"The team performed well and competed hard in every position," said head coach Zubin Engineer. "This was a great experience for our team to realize that we can compete with the best teams in the nation. We need to continue working hard on our games and strive for constant improvement. "
Ole Miss took the doubles point to start the match. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar fell 6-3 to Joe Rogers and Zach Wilder at No. 3. At No. 2, Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang lost to William Kallberg and Vinod Gowda 6-3 to decide the first point. Brad Marriott and Alex Doleac were trailing Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark 5-2 on court 1 before the match was called.
In singles, Ole Miss pulled ahead 2-0 at No. 2 where Marriott fell to the No. 108 ranked Stefan Lindmark, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0. Johan Backstrom gave the Rebels a 3-0 when defeated Vasco Valverde, 6-4, 6-3 at the three-spot.
On court No. 1, Paulo Alvarado fell to No. 104 ranked William Kallberg, 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the match. Alex Doleac lost to Vinod Gowda 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4. Juan Escobar fell to Zach Wilder 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.
The No. 5 spot featured a battle. Chao-Yu Huang lost the first set 6-4 to Joe Rogers, but bounced back to take the second set 6-1. The tie breaker was decided when Rogers defeated Huang 10-6.
The Golden Eagles travel to LSU on Feb. 9 for a 12 p.m. first serve.
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