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Men's Tennis Host Florida A&M For First Home Match

Jan. 25, 2018

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss men’s tennis opens its home season with three matches beginning on Friday against Florida A&M at 2 p.m.

The Golden Eagles haven’t played at home since hosting and winning the Southern Miss Invitational in September.

Scouting Florida A&M:
The Rattlers ended last season winning their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s tennis Championship since 2000. The Rattlers defeated South Carolina State in the championship match but fell to the then No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs in the opening match of the NCAA Division tournament.

This year’s team features six juniors and one freshman.

Southern Miss vs. Florida A&M:
The Golden Eagles hold a 9-4 advantage against the Rattlers. Last season, Southern Miss hosted Florida A&M for the opening match of the season and secured an easy 4-1 win.

Highlighting the Golden Eagles:
Southern Miss took an early lead against the Ole Miss Rebels in last weeks’ season opener in Oxford. The Golden Eagles won the doubles point from wins on courts 2 and 3.

Mikhail Esipov continued to thrive in his senior campaign and won the only singles match for Southern Miss. Esipov dropped the first set but came back to win the last two to earn the second point for Southern Miss.

Next Match:
Southern Miss hosts Jackson State and Alcorn State on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The three home matches this weekend are the first of an eight-match home streak for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss went 14-3 at home last season.

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