COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference match against Eastern Kentucky might not have been a "must win" contest for the Tennessee Tech tennis team. Depending on how the standing shape up Sunday morning, the Golden Eagles might still have a slim chance of reaching the conference tournament with a win over Morehead State.
Then again, a 5-2 loss to the Colonels may have eliminated Tech from reach the post-season. Tech heads into Sunday's match against the Eagles with a 3-5 OVC record, but a win over MSU would leave both teams at 4-5 in the league and give TTU the tie-breaker. It's such a logjam for the final two spots in the six-team tournament, that the league office was burning the midnight oil trying to sort out the scenarios.
Even Eastern Kentucky hasn't assured itself of a spot in the field with the win, as the Colonels must face Jacksonville State on Sunday. The Gamecocks clinched a share of the regular season title with their win Saturday over Morehead State.
Saturday on Tech's campus courts, the Colonels put a point on the scoreboard with a pair of doubles victories, then polished off wins in four of the six singles bouts for the 5-2 win.
Alex Alvaro and Sebastian Mueller grabbed an 8-3 win over Vasily Eremeev and Artem Tarasov in the No. 2 spot, while Flo Graskamp and Alberto Tintore recorded an 8-2 win over Tech's Alvaro Cintas and Gagan Jain.
Tech's two points came in the No. 1 and No. 5 slots. On the first court, sophomore Oleksiy Arovin made quick work of Daridge Saidi for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1. Arovin improved to 21-10 this season overall and 7-1 in OVC matches against the league's best. In the No. 5 spot. Cintas also swept to a win in straight sets, downing Mueller, 6-0, 6-2.
Esteban and Eremeev each went three sets before bowing. At No. 2, Esteban dropped a 3-6, 7-5, 10-4 contest to Alex Alvaro, while in the No. 4 match, it was Graskamp outlasting Eremeev, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Eastern Kentucky 5, Tennessee Tech 2
Cookeville, Tenn. / Tech campus courts
No. 1 - Oleksiy Arovin (TTU) def. Daridge Saidi, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 - Alex Alvaro (EKU) def. Alberto Esteban, 3-6, 7-5, 10-4
No. 3 - Juanja de la Lleva (EKU) def. Gagan Jain, 6-3. 6-4
No. 4 - Flo Graskamp (EKU) def. Vasily Eremeev, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 - Alvaro Cintas (TTU) def. Sebastian Mueller, 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 - Joao Maio (EKU) def. Artem Tarasov, 6-3, 7-5
No. 1 - Arovin/Esteban (TTU) vs. de la Lleva/Diego Asis, DNF
No. 2 - Alvaro/Mueller (EKU) def. Eremeev/Tarasov, 8-3
No. 3 - Graskamp/Alberto Tintore (EKU) def. Cintas/Jain, 8-2