HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team turned in a strong singles' performance in defeating Troy 5-2 on Friday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
"The doubles was very close and came down to a deciding tie breaker at No 1," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "The team bounced back with good fighting spirit and played strong to win 5 singles points and earn a 5-2 win. The team is going from strength to strength and gaining good experience as we are half way in the season."
The Trojans opened the match taking the doubles point. The Golden Eagles struck first after Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar posted an 8-2 win over Karen Khachatryan and Daniel Bustamante on court 3. Troy came right back to take the No. 2 doubles as Pablo Moreno and Gabriel Siacca Dias downed Chao-Yu Huang and Vasco Valverde. The No. 1 doubles turned into a battled, before Mansingh Athare and Sami Ghorbel pulled out an 8-7 win in a tie-breaker over Brad Marriott and Alex Doleac in clinching the point for Troy.
In singles action, Ghorbel put Troy ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marriott at No. 2. The Golden Eagles won their first point at No. 5 when Huang out lasted Athare 6-4, 7-5. Valverde fought back from a set down to defeat Bustamante 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 at No. 4 to even the match at 2-2.
Southern Miss took a 3-2 advantage when Escobar was a tough battle at No. 6 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Moreno. Doleac then clinched the match for the Golden Eagles with a three-set win over Khachatryan, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Alvarado ended the match with a three-set victory at No. 1 over Sciacca Dias 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Southern Miss returns to the courts on Sunday for a 10 a.m. match against Lamar.
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