By Rob Schabert, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Tennessee Tech tennis team dropped two non-conference matches Thursday in Louisville, falling to Toledo, 5-2, in the morning and taking a 6-1 defeat at the hands of No. 47 Louisville in the evening.
The Golden Eagles put up a pretty good fight Thursday morning against an experienced Toledo squad, before falling 5-2. Four of the six singles matches went the full three sets before they were decided.
Toledo captured the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3, forcing Oleksiy Arovin and Alberto Esteban to walk off the No. 1 court unfinished and leading, 4-3, over Mark Singnil and Nicky Wong. At No. 2, Stjepan Sisko and Garrett Cona claimed a 6-1 win over Vasily Eremeev and Artem Tarasov, while the No. 3 contest went to Ryan Jordensen and Boris Pak by a 6-3 score over Gonzalo Munoz and Gagan Jain.
Tech claimed its points at Nos. 4 and 6 singles. At No. 4, Jain outlasted Cona with 6-4, 6-4 wins in the second and third sets after dropping the first set, 6-2. The No. 6 point went to Alvaro Cintas with a 6-2, 6-5 win over Pak.
Three of Toledo's four singles victories went three sets. Singnil needed three to subdue Arovin, 6-3, 3-6, 6-5 in the No. 1 position; Wong downed Esteban, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2, at No. 3 singles, and Roberto Meza earned a 1-6, 6-5, 6-4 win over Tarasov at No. 5. Sisko topped Eremeev, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 2 position.
In the nightcap, Louisville grabbed a 1-0 lead by capturing two of the three doubles matches. Tech got a win from Eremeev and Tarasov at the No. 2 spot, topping Alex Gornet and Chris Simich, 6-3. The other two went to the Cards, first a 6-1 win by Van Damrongsri and Luis Elizondo over Munoz and Jain. After Tech tied the doubles play with their middle in the middle match, Seb Stiefelmeyer and Albert Wagner finished off Arovin and Esteban, 6-3, in the No. 1 position.
Louisville posted wins in five straight singles matches to clinch the match, before Arovin outlasted Stiefelmeyer in a marathon contest at No. 1 singles to gain Tech's point. Arovin won 4-6, 6-5 (8-6), 1-0 (10-1) in the last action to finish late Thursday night.
In the other singles play, Wagner topped Eremeev, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2; Elizondo defeated Jain, 6-0 6-2 at No. 3; Damrongsri took a 6-0, 6-5 (7-0) decision over Tarasdov at No. 4; Simich beat Cintas, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5; and Michael Lippens won a 6-1, 6-1 match over Munoz at No. 6.
Tech gets a few days break from action, returning to the court on Sunday, Feb. 9, with a match at UNC Asheville at 3 p.m.