Men's Tennis Team Tops No. 53 South Alabama, 4-3
Feb. 14, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team posted a 4-3 win over No. 53 ranked South Alabama Thursday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
Southern Miss improved to 7-2 overall while South Alabama dropped to 2-4.
"This was a big win for us today," Head Coach Ki Kroll said. "I was pleased with the way we played. Everybody played and fought hard at every position. I was pleased with our doubles' performance. I thought Matt Frost showed a lot of heart and showed a strong mental performance after being down a set and came back to win."
The Golden Eagles took the early 1-0 lead with Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar upended Jaguars Cody Hall and Grhard Gruindelingh 8-4 on court 3 to clinch the doubles' point. Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin took an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Daniel Leitner and Juan Troglia. USA's Alex Bernard and Blake Gregor held a 6-5 lead over Inaki Belloso and Vasco Valverde at the No. 2 spot before the match was suspended.
In singles action, Benjamin Feldmann quickly put the Golden Eagles up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 3 over Gruindelingh. Alvarado followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 against Troglia for the 3-0 lead.
South Alabama recorded its first point at the top spot when Leitner knocked off Goodwin 6-4, 6-3. The Black and Gold clinched the match after Frost battled from a set down in taking a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Bernard on court 2.
South Alabama closed out the match with the final two wins when Gregor defeated Brad Marriott, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 6 singles. However, the match of the day was on court 5 as Shayann Vaezzadeh and Valverde battled. Vaezzadeh took the first 6-2 and held a commanding lead in the second set, 5-1 before Valverde took the set, 7-5. Vaezzadeh won the third set, 6-4.
Southern Miss will return home to host Tulane on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.