Nov. 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team finished with 12 victories at the Crimson Tide Fall Championship in closing out its fall season.
In singles action, Matt Frost topped Joe Young (Tulane) in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the Bear Bryant Draw. He then dropped a three-set match to Zac Dunkle (Samford), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Frost had to retire in his match against Daniel Leitner (South Alabama). Brad Marriott defeated Joel Cook (Furman) in a three-set matchup, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-6.
Andrew Goodwin downed Ben Horst (Furman) in straight sets,7-5, 6-1 in the Nick Saban Draw. Goodwin opened Saturday with a straight win over Rodrigo Rappaccioli (Tulane) 6-1, 6-4 before falling to Lukas Ollert (Auburn) in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-3. Goodwin finished third with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Dominik Koepfer (Tulane).
Paula Alvarado dropped his opening match to Carlos Taborga (Alabama), 6-4, 6-3, in the Gene Stallings Draw. Alvarado then lost to Alex Van Cott (Tulane) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. He picked up a win against Blake Gregor (South Alabama), 6-1, 6-1.
Vasco Valverde, also playing in the Gene Stallings Draw, lost to Luke Synn (Furman), 6-4, 6-2 in his opening match. He bounced back to defeat Blake Gregor (South Alabama) 6-3, 6-2. Valverde lost to Alex Van Cott (Tulane), 6-0, 6-2.
Inaki Belloso defeated def. Jakob Behall (Furman) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 in the first round of the Ray Perkins Draw. He fell to Michael Wardell (Auburn), 6-2, 6-2, then, to Cedric Rutsaert (Tulane), 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Belloso was unable to finish his match against Lucian Gheorge (Auburn).
Juan Escobar lost his opening match to Richard Casagrnde (Furman) 6-2, 6-2, then, defeated Takuma Ohashi (Tulane) 6-2, 6-4. Escobar followed with a win over Ezequiel Gils (Tennessee Tech), 6-1, 6-4. He lost to Jakob Behal (Furman) in the finals of the back draw in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 10-5.
In doubles competition, Goodwin and Frost defeated Joel Cook/Tyler Droll (Furman), 8-2, before falling to Andreas Mies/Lukas Ollert (Auburn), 8-1 in the second round.
Valerde and Belloso dropped their doubles' match to Lopasso/Lengsfeld (Auburn), 8-1, then, lost against Elliott Barnwell/Fares Kilani (Samford), 8-6. Alvarado and Escobar battled Taborga/van Der Vis (Alabama) before falling in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (4), then, lost to Austin Akers/Garrison Laduca (Samford), 8-6.
On Saturday, Andrew Goodwin/Matt Frost (Southern Miss) def. Jarryd Botha/Becker O'Shaughnessey (Alabama) 8-5 as VascoeValverde/Inaki Belloso (Southern Miss) def. Jakob Behal/Richard Casagrande (Furman) 8-5. Rounding out the doubles action, Lucian Gheorghe/Michael Wardell (Auburn) def. Vasco Alvarado/Juan Escobar (Southern Miss) 9-8(5).