Franklin Springs, GA – The Emmanuel Tennis Team hosted North Greenville Crusaders at the Lions Tennis Complex.
Like any other conference event, the dual started with three doubles matches, where the Lions captured 2 wins. The first point came from the pair Pereira/Alcacer at #3 by a convincing score of 8-3. After dropping the top seeded doubles, the lions had to fight hard to earn the second point. The #2 doubles team, Konigs/Malejka, came back from a 7-4 down on the scoreboard and forced a tie-break. The Crusaders started hot and quickly opened a 3-0, going up a mini-break in the decision. The German duo did not give up and tied everything again at 7-7. North Greenville played well and had a match point, saved by Malejka with a courageous down the line passing shot backhand. With the teammates behind them, the second seeded doubles found the path for victory by clinching the match in the tie-breaker.
After the long fought doubles, it was time for the singles matches to begin, with the #1, #3, and #5 singles starting the day. The lions kept the momentum gained from the doubles with a magical win from #5 Lukas Konigs by an impressive 6-0 6-0. The crusaders reduced the Lion's advantage by capturing the top seeded singles match in two quick sets.
With the overall score now 3-2 in favor of the home team and 4 matches left to be finished. The crusaders were looking for a way to get ahead on the scoreboard for the first time in the dual. They accomplished the task by winning 2 battles at #2 and #3 singles. In both matches the Lions were ahead, winning the first set, but the foes fought back, winning the second and third set.
Not too long after, #4 Louis Malejka gave the Lions the tie for 4-4 with a three-set win. The fate of the event came down to #6 David Forehand. After capturing the first set, Forehand kept the match close in the second set but due to a series of mistakes and good shots from the Crusader, David dropped the second set and he was forced to play a third and final set. The opponent proved to be too much and Lion finally fell by 5-7 6-3 6-3.
"We played very well throughout the day and it was a great match for us. All of the players fought so hard and they really wanted the win. Of course we are all upset with the loss, but we will be certainly learning a lot from it. Tomorrow we will do a recap of the event to patch things up and get ready for another battle with Limestone!" commented Head Coach, Kethan Darbar.
The Emmanuel College Lions will host the Limestone Saints on Friday. First serve is scheduled for 10 AM.
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