Feb. 24, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team got back on the winning track, snapping a two-match losing streak with 4-1 victory over Florida A&M on Sunday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
"I'm proud of the way the guys battled today," Head Coach Ki Kroll said. "I thought we played hard at every match. Our doubles' teams set the tone for us and we were able to carry that into our singles' play."
Southern Miss (8-4) took the early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles' point. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar knocked off Admire Mushonga and Chidi Gabriel (FAMU), 8-4 at No. 3. Inaki Belloso and Vasco Valverde battled Temer Asafu-Adjaye and Zack Evenden (FAMU) on court 2 by and took an 8-6 win. Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin were leading Salif Kente and Takura Happy (FAMU), 8-7 before the match was suspended.
The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead when Belloso defeated Asafu-Adjaye on court 6 by a score of 6-1, 6-2. FAMU made the score 2-1 with a victory at No. 1 singles after Kente downed Frost, 6-1, 6-4.
Benjamin Feldmann put the Eagles up 3-1 with a victory at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Evenden. Andrew Goodwin then closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Gabriel.
Alvarado and Mushonga split sets with Alvarado taking the first set, 6-3 and Mushonga winning the second 6-3 before that match was suspended. Valverde held the advantage over Happy at 6-4, 3-3 before the match was suspended.
Southern Miss returns to the court on March 2 against UNO at 10 a.m. and Alcorn State at 2 p.m.