April 5, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team rolled to a 6-1 victory over Alcorn State Saturday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts, taking five of six singles in the process.
"We had two good wins at No 1 & 2 doubles to carry the momentum in singles to win the match 6-1," Coach Zubin Engineer said. "The team focused well and everyone played their games. This was a solid team performance."
Southern Miss (10-9) opened doubles with victories at Nos. 1 and 2 in claiming the points and a 1-0 lead. Chao-Yu Huang and Vasco Valverde downed Garry Amor and Nischay Rawal 8-2 on court two. The senior duo of Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar fought off Ernesto Santillan and Nikita Kostikov on court 1 8-5 in clinching the doubles point. Alex Doleac and Girgory Trotsenko lost to Maxim Tkachenko and Lucas Morviac 8-6 on court three.
The Golden Eagles carried their momentum into the singles. Alvarado made quick work of Santillan at No. 1 singles in giving Southern Miss a 2-0 lead. Alcorn got it's only point at on court six when Amor defeated Trotsenko 6-2, 6-3.
Southern Miss claimed the remaining singles as Escobar defeated Tkachenko 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4, followed by Huang knocking off Kostikov at the five spot in clinching the match for the Golden Eagles. Valverde downed Rawal at No. 3 with scores of 6-3, 6-2. Doleac finished off the scoring at No. 2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 victory over Morviac.
Southern Miss returns to action next weekend, hosting a pair of matches. The Golden Eagles will host UTSA on Friday at 2 p.m., and then host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at 2 p.m.