MOBILE, Ala. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team swept the doubles, but came up short in dropping four of the six singles in falling to South Alabama Wednesday afternoon.
"We had a good doubles win and now 8-2 in doubles," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "Juan Escobar and Vasco Valverde pulled off two good wins at No 4 and No 6. We fell short of one singles win to make this a team win. The team is focused on constant improvement and working on their games. "
The Golden Eagles (5-5) took two matches in the doubles matches to take the first points. Alex Doleac and Brad Marriott lost to Manuel Belda and Ger Gruindelingh 8-3 at No. 1. Juan Escobar and Paulo Alvarado teamed to beat Juan Troglia and Shayann Vaezzadeh 8-4 at No. 3 to even the match. Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang topped Daniel Leitner and Sean Robinson 8-5 at No. 2 to clinch the point.
South Alabama evened the score behind No. 104 Daniel Leitner's 6-1, 6-1 win over Brad Marriott at No.1. The Jaguars took a 2-1 lead after Tuki Jacobs defeated Alex Doleac 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. Juan Escobar tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Juan Troglia on court 6. South Alabama responded with a win on court 5 where Shayann Vaezzadeh defeated Chao-Yu Huang 6-4, 6-2. The Jaguars clinched the match on court 2 as Manuel Belda downed Paulo Alvarado 7-6 (5), 6-0.
Vasco Valverde ended the match with a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Ger. Gruindelingh.
Southern Miss returns to action when the Golden Eagles host Troy on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.
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