By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Tennessee Tech tennis team saved its best for last during the club's three-day stay in Des Moines. Behind two wins in doubles play, and three victories during singles action, the Golden Eagles collected their first win of the season with a 4-0 nod over Illinois State to conclude Tech's season-opening trip to Iowa.
The Golden Eagles (1-2) jumped out to a quick beginning with a victory in doubles play, using wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 bouts to race out to the 1-0 start in the match. The TTU freshmen tandem of Carlos Vicente and Elias Grubert seized a 6-4 win in the top spot over Igor Kolaric and Jorge Adair Bartra Quispe, while the Golden Eagle duo of Marc Mila and Rafael Tosetto soared to a 6-2 nod over Aleksa Lazarevic and Zacharias Rankloo Rasmusson in the No. 3 clash.
In singles play, three Golden Eagles registered their first wins of the young year to push Tech to the finish line. Sophomore Riku Kubota shined in the No. 2 slot with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Jorge Adair Bartra. Freshman Carlos Vicente followed suit with a 6-2, 6-3 nod against Pol Botifoll Rius in the No. 5 position and sophomore Gonzalo Garcia provided his own powerful punch from the bottom of the Tech lineup with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aleksa Lazarevic in the No. 6 spot.
Tech's other three singles bouts against the Redbirds (0-2) went unfinished, however the Golden Eagles did find themselves in promising positions in all three clashes. Freshman Rafael Tosetto claimed a 7-6 win in the first set against senior Igor Kolaric in the top spot. Fellow rookie Elias Grubert secured a 6-1 nod in the first set over Diego Le Gal Perez in the No. 3 affair, while Wenceslao Albin also registered a victory in the first set in his No. 4 matchup against Egehan Sertkaya with a 6-0 win.
With the first three matches of the spring season now in the rearview mirror, the Golden Eagles will have a break from the courts before returning to action on Feb. 10 at Wake Forest. Tech's matchup with the defending national champions is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information