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2014-02-21 Tigers drop third straight; lose 5-4 to UNOH
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Tigers drop third straight; lose 5-4 to UNOH

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Friday, Feb. 21, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team competed against No. 16 University of Northwestern Ohio on home turf. In their second straight day of competition, the Tigers suffered their closest defeat this season, losing 5-4 in a match that featured three matches that went extra sets.

Olivet (2-5) split the six singles matches of the day, starting with a win by Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain), who defeated Emin Alpan (6-0, 6-1). Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) gained a second point with a win over Gabriel Cleto, the match lasted 35 extra points after they split the first two sets (2-6, 6-1, 19-16). Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) also went an extra set when he defeated Michael Kock (4-6, 6-1, 10-6).  

Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.) lost to Ronnie Myburgh (6-4, 7-5), and No. 1 Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) dropped his match to Daniel Rueda (6-4, 7-5). In his first match of the spring, Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) lost to Thommy Johansson (6-3, 6-1).

In order to take the match, the Tigers needed two points in doubles play, but only managed one, taking the Veys and Cornella over Kock and Cleto match (9-8, (7-3)). Morales and Barros fell to Alpan and Myburgh 8-3. Williams and Sanchez dropped the No. 1 match to Rueda and Johansson 8-6.

ONU will be back in action Tuesday, March 11, against No. 19 Warner University (Fla.) at Hillsborough Community College (Fla.) at 5 p.m. (EST).