NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Daniel Bernal (Bogota, Colombia) won his No. 1 singles match, but the Tennessee State men’s tennis team was handed a 6-1 home loss by Ohio Valley Conference opponent Jacksonville State on a breezy Saturday afternoon at Hadley Park.
“We got off to a slow start and didn’t capitalize in doubles,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “I think the cold conditions played a factor. We didn’t come out like we really wanted to do. Hopefully we learn from this and do better next weekend.”
TSU (6-8, 0-2 OVC) fell behind as the Gamecocks (6-9, 2-0 OVC) won the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2.
Bernal’s No. 1 singles victory came in three sets over JSU’s Pedro Wagner. After winning the first set, 7-6 (12-10), Bernal dropped the second set. In the third set tiebreaker, Bernal outlasted Wagner for a 10-8 win.
Grant Maddox (Greenbrier, Tenn.) also played a three-set match at No. 5 singles. Squaring off with Andres Gomez, Maddox forced a third set and eventually fell in the tiebreaker.
Next up, the Tigers will host Morehead State on Friday, March 25, before home matches versus Eastern Kentucky and Fisk on Saturday, March, 26.
1. GOMEZ, Andres/SHAO CHUN, Liu (JSU) def. BERNAL, Daniel/DANIEL, Amir (TSU) 6-2
2. MCCORMICK, Austin/REESE, Jaryd (JSU) def. MADDOX, Grant/BURTON, Kyle (TSU) 6-3
3. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) vs. WAGNER, Pedro/CHAIM, Mathias (JSU) 4-5, unfinished
1. BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) def. WAGNER, Pedro (JSU) 7-6 (12-10), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
2. REESE, Jaryd (JSU) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. CHAIM, Mathias (JSU) def. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. SHAO CHUN, Liu (JSU) def. BURTON, Kyle (TSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
5. GOMEZ, Andres (JSU) def. MADDOX, Grant (TSU) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4)
6. KELLET, Samuel (JSU) def. DANIEL, Amir (TSU) 6-0, 6-0