Tech claims 7-0 win over Austin Peay in home opener

Tech claims 7-0 win over Austin Peay in home opener

By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was well worth the wait.

Playing at home for the first time this season, the Tennessee Tech tennis team easily glided to a 7-0 victory over Austin Peay. Similar to their conference-opening win against EIU, the Golden Eagles (4-10, 2-0 OVC) dropped just one singles set against the Govs (1-14, 0-3), rolling their way to a 25th-straight regular season win against OVC competition.

No. 58 Eduardo Mena captured his fifth-consecutive singles nod, knocking off Almantas Ozelis, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, out of the vaunted No. 1 spot. Marc Mila, Jorge Alfonzo, Gonzalo Garcia and Riku Kubota joined Mena in the straight-set wins department, with the quartet of Golden Eagles claiming victories in two sets as well.

Marc Mila carded a 6-0, 6-4 win over Aleh Drobysh in the No. 3 slot, while Jorge Alfonzo toppled Timo Kiesslich, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 4 position. Gonzalo Garcia disposed of Jacob Lorino, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 5 matchup and Riku Kubota rolled past Evan Bottorff, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 6 spot.

Wenceslao Albin needed three sets, but the Salliquelo, Argentina native powered past Christian Edison, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the No. 2 slot.

The Golden Eagles soared off to a strong start in the match, easily seizing the doubles spot with wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The tandem of Riku Kubota and Wenceslao Albin collected a 6-1 win over Evan Bottorff and Christian Edison in the No. 2 matchup, while Eduardo Mena and Gonzalo Garcia took down Chad Woodham and Timo Kiesslich, 6-1, in the No. 3 position.

The top battle pitting Tech's Marc Mila and Arthur Justo against APSU's Aleh Drobysh and Almantas Ozelis did not finish with the score knotted at 3-3.

The Golden Eagles will remain at home, welcoming Eastern Kentucky to Tech Tennis Courts on Saturday, Mar. 31. First serve is scheduled for noon CT.  

Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information