By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Despite wins out of the top two spots in the Tennessee Tech tennis team's singles rotation, the Golden Eagles (2-10) were narrowly edged 4-3 at Winthrop.
No. 54 Eduardo Mena claimed his third-straight singles victory behind a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Diego Quiroz in the No. 1 battle, while Wenceslao Albin seized his second-consecutive nod with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Leandros Pappayiannis in the No. 2 slot.
Riku Kubota was the only other Golden Eagle to collect a victory during singles action, a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 triumph out of the No. 5 position.
The Eagles (4-5), who have now won three in a row, began the tilt by securing the doubles point thanks to wins in two of the three tandem battles. Connor Williamson and Diego Quiroz edged Riku Kubota and Wenceslao Albin, 7-6, in the No. 2 matchup, while Gabriel Dias and Joshua Ryan took down Eduardo Mena, 6-3, in the No. 3 spot.
Mitchell would bounce back for Winthrop during singles play, toppling Gonzalo Garcia, 6-2, 6-7, 6-0, out of the No. 4 slot. The Eagles also checked the win column in the No. 6 position thanks to a Joshua Ryan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Arthur Justo and in the No. 3 spot behind a Connor Williamson 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Marc Mila.
Tech will set its sights on Ohio Valley Conference play, opening up the conference slate with a Mar. 17 meeting at EIU. First serve is slated for noon CT.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information