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2014-03-14 No. 23 Tigers finish (1-2) in Florida, defeat Young Harris College
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The No. 23 Tigers finished 1-2 on its spring break trip to Florida

No. 23 Tigers finish 1-2 in Florida, defeat Young Harris College

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM

FLORIDA — The No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team and Head Coach Chris Tudor traveled to Florida for four matches over 2014 spring break. The Tigers competed in three after rain forced their match with Southeastern University (Fla.) to be cancelled. ONU went 1-2 in the three other matches, defeating Young Harris College (Fla.) 5-4 on Thursday, March 13. On Tuesday, March 11, the Tigers fell to No. 19 Warner University (Fla.) 6-3. On Friday, March 14, they fell to No. 1 Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) 6-3.

Against the Royals (8-0), the Tigers (3-7) managed only three points, two of which came in singles play. The Tigers’ No. 1 Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated Julian Ramirez (6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-5). Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) defeated Vitor Schepper 8-3. In doubles, Veys and partner Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) won 9-7 over Mora and Schepper.

In the Tigers’ lone win over Young Harris College (5-5), ONU won three points in singles play. Veys defeated Vangrinsven (6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (9)). Cornella won in the No. 2 match over Frias (6-2, 7-6, (2)). Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.) defeated W. Edin (7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (9)). In doubles play, Williams and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won 9-8 (4) over S. Edin and W. Edin. Veys and Cornella won 8-4 over Morack and Pugache.

The Tigers finished their trip against the No. 1 team in the NAIA, Embry-Riddle (8-2), losing 6-3 and managing one point in doubles play. Cornella and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) won 9-8 (11-9) over Gomez and Verberne. In singles, Williams defeated Besch (5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 15-13), and Jensen won (7-6 (7-5), 6-1).

ONU will be back in action Tuesday, March 25, against Marian University (Ind.) at home starting at 3:30 p.m.