NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s tennis team closed out its season with four losses, one in conference at Belmont (5-1) and three outside of the OVC in Northern Kentucky (4-3) and Alabama, twice (5-0 and 4-0).
Against the Bruins on Thursday, the sides forego the double competitions due to weather. In singles play, Joe Daniels and Daniel Bernal put up valiant efforts, but both fell 6-3, 6-2.
Playing at the No. 4 spot, Kyle Burton downed his foe, 7-5, 6-3, for TSU’s only point of the match. Grant Maddox also did well, but was dispatched in three-sets, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6-5).
On Friday, the TSU doubles teams got the Tigers on the board first, as Darryl Hale and Burton won, 8-6, and Bernal and Daniels were victorious, 8-4.
The Norse bounced back to take the lead by winning the top two singles matches, but Bernal tied the match with a, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, win. Burton then put TSU back on top by dropping his opponent, 6-2, 7-6.
NKU won the No. 5 slot and then took the match by winning the No. 6 by default.
The Tigers played a double-header at home against No. 59 ranked UA to close the season and in match one, Daniels performed the best but his match was left unfinished. He ended up taking the loss, 6-2, 3-2.
Many of the matches went unfinished due to darkness in the night cap, but Hale put up a fight in the first set before being defeated, 6-4, 6-1.
The Tigers ended the season 1-17.