Feb. 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak with a 5-2 win over UNO Sunday afternoon.
"This was a very good team effort," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "The team worked hard and competed well in each position to pull off a 5-2 win."
Southern Miss (5-4) began the match by taking the doubles point. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar defeated Christoffer Appelgren and Rui Silva 6-0 at the three-spot. UNO quickly evened the score with a 6-2 victory at No. 1 when Romain Lafevre and Blake Gregor defeated Alex Doleac and Brad Marriott. The point came down to court 2 where Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang outlasted Gonzalo Garcia and Daniel Populus 6-5 (7-4) to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0.
In singles action, Doleac put Southern Miss up 2-0 after a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 against Lefevre. UNO got wins at No. 1 and No. 2, but the Golden Eagles finished with wins at No. 4, 5 and 6. Valverde won a three-set thriller against Gregor. Valverde dropped his first set 6-3, but fought back to take sets two and three by the scores of 6-2, 6-4. Huang knocked off Populus 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 and Escobar got a win on court 5 with a 6-5 (9-7) and was leading 3-1 when Appelgren retired because of an injury.
Southern Miss is back in action on Feb. 19 when the Golden Eagles travel to South Alabama.