Feb. 9, 2013
TROY, Ala. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team upped its record to 6-2 after a 5-2 victory over Troy Saturday at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
"This was a good win today for us," Head Coach Ki Kroll said. "I was especially pleased with our doubles. We played really well, fought the whole way through to get that point. We got solid play from Paulo, Brad. I was proud of the way Benjamin fought back and won his match after being down a set."
The Golden Eagles took the early lead 1-0 after winning two of the three doubles. Matt Frost and Andrew Goodman battled at No. 1 in earning an 8-5 win over Mansingh Athare and Sami Ghorbel (Troy). Inaki Belloso and Vasco Valverde clinched the point with an 8-6 win against Daniel Bustamante and Andre Stabile (Troy). Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar and Patrick Eichler and Anas Rouchdi (Troy) battled to a 6-6 tie before the match was suspended.
Ghorbel posted the Trojans first point with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Valverde on court 5 to tie the match. Rouchdi gave Troy a 2-1 lead after posting a 6-2, 6-2 win over Frost at No. 1 singles.
Goodwin knotted the match at 2-2 with he took the first set and was leading 3-1 in the second set when Stabile retired on court 2. Alvarado then posted a 6-4, 6-3 on court four against Bustamante. Brad Marriott then clinched the match for the Golden Eagles at No. 6 with a 7-5, 6-4 over Eichler. Benjamin Feldmann added the final point in a three-set thriller with a 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) win over Athare in the three spot.
Southern Miss returns to action when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama on Feb. 13 at the USM Tennis Courts.