March 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team knocked off Florida A&M 6-1 in less than stellar conditions on Sunday at the FAMU Tennis Courts.
"The team pulled off a good 6-1 win in very windy conditions," said head coach Zubin Engineer. "This was a long spring break week on the road. It was good to see the team win two out of the three matches with strong performance against Northern Illinois and FAMU. Overall everyone is giving a 100% effort every time they step on the court."
Southern Miss grabbed the doubles point to start the match. Southern Miss got its first decision by default at No. 3 while Alex Doleac and Brad Marriott defeated Robert Ortiz and Courage Okungbowa 8-4 at No. 2. Seniors Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar were leading Admire Mushonga and Carols Waitman at No. 1 before being called.
In singles action, Southern Miss won five of six singles. Alvarado topped Mushonga on court one in a three-set match, 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 while Escobar downed Ortiz 7-6 (3), 6-1 at the three-spot. Vasco Valverde defeated Okungbowa at No. 4 by a score of 6-1, 6-4 and Chao-Yu Huang knocked off Jason Ulacio 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5.
At No. 5, Brad Marriott won his match by default. Doleac lost to Waitman in a three-setter 7-6 (5), 4-6, 10-6.
Southern Miss returns to action on Mar. 29 against Tulane.