March 7, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team rolled to a 6-1 victory over SIUE Friday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
The Golden Eagles evened their record to 7-7.
"We had a good start by winning the doubles point and improve our overall doubles record to 9-5," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "The team stepped up in singles with strong performances on all courts to win the match 6-1. I am proud of the effort and character this team displays every match."
Southern Miss grabbed the doubles point to start the match. Southern Miss seniors Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar opened doubles play with an 8-3 win over Nico Kuehn and Stephen Washuta at the one-spot. Alex Doleac and Vasco Valverde defeated Matthew Hutchinson and Patrick Gaffigan 8-5 on court No. 2 to clinch the point. Court three featured a battle between the freshmen duo of Grigory Trotsenko and Chao-Yu Huang and SIUE's Jacob Tanulanond and Nicolas Vincent. The Cougars prevailed 8-7 (4).
In singles action, Southern Miss won five of six singles. Alvarado topped Vincent on court one in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0 while Doleac downed Hutchinson 6-4, 6-2 at the two-spot. Valverde defeated Tanulanond at No. 3 by a score of 6-0, 6-3 and Huang knocked off Kuehn 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4.
At No. 5, Brad Marriott battled to a win in a three-set super tie-breaker. After dropping the first set 6-2 to Gaffigan, Marriott roared back to take the second set 6-2 and then finished the match winning the super tie-breaker 10-7.
The lone loss came at No. 5 singles where Escobar opened his match with a 7-6 (5) win, but fell in the second set 6-3 before Jacob Perkins out-dueled Escobar 10-7 in the super tie-breaker.
Southern Miss is back in action on Mar. 11 against Northern Illinois in Orlando, Fla., in an 11 a.m. match.