Men's Tennis Suffers Road Loss to Florida Atlantic
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Georgia Southern Men's Tennis team fought hard but was unable to come away victorious in its visit to Boca Raton on Friday. The Owls of Florida Atlantic won the match by a 6-1 score.
The Eagles began the match well by securing the doubles point. With the point on the line, the team of senior (Vienna, Austria) and freshman (Orange Park, Fla) grinded out an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles. Another senior/freshman duo, (Vigo, Spain) and (Martinez, Ga.), picked up the other win for the Eagles with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles.
However, the Eagles were unable to transfer the momentum of winning the doubles point into singles play. Each match was close, as every player won at least three games in each set, but the team was unable to win another match. Garrido lost a tough three-setter at No. 2 singles, while Rush and (Manresa, Spain) lost by identical 6-4, 7-6 (3) scores. (Sarasota, Fla.) lost a close one as well at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (4). A two-and-a-half hour rain delay with the match tied at 1-1 was also thrown into the equation.
"We started strong in doubles but gave up early breaks of serve on almost every singles court to start the first sets," said Head Coach . "We fought hard but we were never able to regain momentum after that. We've got to have a short memory and clear our heads before another tough match with Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday."
The Eagles continue their Florida road trip on Saturday when they travel to Naples to face Florida Gulf Coast at noon. The trip concludes on Sunday when they face Central Florida at 1:30 p.m.
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- Category: Men's Tennis
- Published on Friday, 03 February 2012 22:16