HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Senior Paulo Alvarado's 6-4, 7-5 win over Yannick Junger lifted the Southern Miss men's tennis team to a 4-2 win over visiting UTSA Friday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
"The team played outstanding doubles to win the doubles point," Coach Zubin Engineer said. "Our No. 1 doubles team was 7-5 (30-15) up against the No. 47 ranked team. In singles the team raised their level of focus and competed hard to win three singles matches and win the match 4-2."
The Golden Eagles (11-9) took the first point of the match by claiming doubles wins at Nos. 3 and 2. Southern Miss struck first at the No. 3 spot where Alex Doleac and Grigory Trotsenko defeated Diogo Casa and Fabian Brand 8-3. The duo of Chao-Yu Huang and Vasco Valverde clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Yannick Junger and Boburjon Kamiljanov. Alvarado and Juan Escobar were leading No. 47 ranked Tomas Stillman and Joel Rubio 7-5 when the match was called.
In singles action, Huang took on Kolby Kilgo at No. 5 and came out with a 6-0, 6-1 victory to put the Golden Eagles 2-0. Southern Miss added a point at No. 3 where Valverde beat Rubio 6-2, 6-4.
The Roadrunners (9-15) responded with a pair of wins at No. 4 and 2. Casa downed Escobar 6-4, 6-0 on court four while Stillman defeated Doleac on court two 6-1, 6-3 to make the score 3-2.
With the Golden Eagles needing one more point to win the match, Paulo Alvarado and Trotsenko battled their opponents. Trotsenko dropped his first set to Harley Parson 6-3 before fighting back to take the second set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (4). Alvarado won his opening set against Junger 6-4, then fought back in the second set after being down 5-4, for a 7-5 win to clinch the match for the Golden Eagles at 4-2. Trotsenko's match was called with Pearson leading in the third set, 3-0.
Southern Miss will conclude its regular season with a match against Louisiana at 2 p.m. as three seniors will be honored prior to the match (Alvarado, Doleac and Escobar).
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