2.13.14 MEN'S TENNIS: Tiebreakers Unkind to Cavs
Men's Tennis, 2014-02-13
(CANTON, Ohio) – Tiebreakers were the story of the day for the Walsh men’s tennis team, but unfortunately the Cavs (6-2) found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-3 decision against Southern Indiana (3-0). Five sets featured tiebreakers in the match at the Hall of Fame Courts that could have gone either way.
The day started off with the Eagles winning two of the three doubles matches. Pablo Cabezon (So., Santander, Cantabria, Spain/Calasanz Collegue) and Carlos Jaque (So., Chijuayante, Concepcion, Chile/Lycee Charles de Gaulle) won their first doubles contest 8-4, but SIU took second doubles by a score of 9-8 by way of a 9-7 tiebreaker and third doubles at 8-5.
In singles action, Cabezon capped off a perfect day with a win at first singles. He won 7-6 with a 7-5 tiebreaker and 6-4. It was the only tiebreaker that went in Walsh’s favor. Louis Thomas (Sr., Canton, OH/Jackson) gave the Cavs their other point with a 6-1, 6-3 win at sixth singles. Ross Whittaker (Fr., Massillon, OH/Lake) and Jaque both came close to giving the Cavs a couple of more points, but had matches fall just out of reach against a talented SIU squad. Whittaker lost both sets by a 7-6 count with the tiebreakers going 7-3 and 7-2. Jaque won his first set 6-3, but Joel Stern came back to take the next two sets 7-6 with a 7-0 tiebreaker and 6-0.
Walsh returns to action against another in-region opponent from the GLVC as it hosts Lewis tomorrow at 6 p.m. It will be coupled with the women’s match and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.