Franklin Springs, GA – The Emmanuel Lions Men's Tennis Team took the Johnson University Royals in a non-conference home event this afternoon. Not only this was the last home match for the Lions, but also the senior day for Austin Spivey!
The Doubles matches kicked off with Konigs/Malejka giving the Lions the first point of the day by a quick 8-0. Anglin/Forehand abused of fast approaches to the net and good returns to capture the second point by 8-2. Not too long after the Senior Austin Spivey joined forces with Mason White at #3 doubles to get a third point by 8-3.
In Singles play, #2 Lukas Konigs gave no chances to Jacob Clark defeating the foe by 6-0 6-0. The Senior #3 Austin Spivey did not disappoint his teammates today and dispatched his opponent by using several inside out forehands and good defense by 6-0 6-1. The Royals captured a win with Jordan Vandenhewal defeating Hayden Black in a long 3 set battle, 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-2). After a good first set, Black dropped his level and started making a lot of unforced errors, especially on shorter balls that were landing closer to the service line. The match got much more even in the final set and it was only decided in a tie-breaker where the Royal's consistency and serve proved to be more valuable. This match marked Black's first lost in dual events this year.
#1 Enrique Alcacer faced a mighty serve and big forehands flying over the net during the first set. Royal's Johnny Ngyuyen served for the first set at 5-3, but Alcacer was fighting and he had 5 chances of breaking his opponent's serve, but after a long game, Nyuyen held and grabbed the first set. Enrique raised his level, mixed things up with slices on the backhand side and quickly won the second set 6-0. In the super tie-break in place for the final set, everything was even but after opening a break and leading the set 8-6, the Royal served on match point after big forehands from the baseline and two mistakes from the Lion. Enrique kept his emotions under control and after blocking a return, he saw his opponent sail a swing volley deep. The Lion finally earned another break after a long rally and clinched the win with 2 good first serves on the backhand side by 3-6 6-0 11-9. On court #4 the freshman Mason White had little to no troubles to grab another win for the Lions by 8-1. The last singles match came from #6 Austin Pratt, who battled long rallies and used several backhand drop shots to get the 8th point for the home team by 8-5.
The EC Lions Men's Tennis Team will now travel to Belmont Abbey next Friday for the last conference match of the year. First serve is set to 2PM!
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