Golden Eagles tripped up by No. 21 Mississippi State in second match of the year

Golden Eagles tripped up by No. 21 Mississippi State in second match of the year

By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Tennessee Tech tennis team secured a pair of singles wins, but a powerful punch at the top of the No. 21 Mississippi State lineup proved to be too much for the Golden Eagles in a 5-2 loss Sunday afternoon.

Elias Grubert won for the second-straight day to begin his sophomore season with a 6-2, 7-6 nod over nationally-ranked Davide Tortora out of the No. 4 slot, while junior Riku Kubota claimed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory against Jonas Hartenstein in the No. 5 position to account for the two Tech points.

Kubota's triumph was one of three singles clashes to go three sets. Newcomer Ezven Holis dropped a three-set affair with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss to Gregor Ramskogler in the No. 5 spot and Lucca Silva was upended, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, by Isaac Becroft in the No. 6 matchup.

No. 15 Giovanni Oradini and Florian Broska paced the Bulldogs (4-0) at the top of the lineup with victories out of the first two positions. Oradini powered past Rafael Tosetto with a 6-3, 6-1 nod in the No. 1 battle, while Broska took home a 6-0, 6-4 win against Carlos Vicente in the No. 2 meeting.

The Golden Eagles (0-2) managed a win in the No. 2 doubles position behind a Riku Kubota and Lucca Sliva 6-2 triumph over Giovanni Oradini and Davide Tortora, but MSU collected victories in the other two get-togethers to capture the doubles point. Florian Broska and Nicolas Ocana carded a 6-3 win over Ezven Holis and Carlos Vicente in the top spot and Alberto Colas and Gregor Ramskogler notched a 6-3 nod against Marc Mila and Rafael Tosetto in the No. 3 battle.

Tech will continue a challenging season-opening slate with a third-straight match against a "Power 5" opponent, as the Golden Eagles head to Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 18 for the club's next contest. First serve in Winston-Salem, N.C. is scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT.

Photo by Tony Marable