MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Belmont Men's Tennis opened its season yesterday with a loss to the Memphis Tigers 6-1.
The Bruins had a very tough opening match, as they were facing a team that had made their sixth NCAA tournament appearance in the previous spring season and had beaten a Big Ten team in Northwestern to start this year's season.
"Memphis is a very good team," said Director of Tennis, Mauricio Antun. "They have been ranked as high as No. 16 in the country last year, and I thought we competed pretty well against them at certain spots. It is always tough to play those highly ranked programs in the beginning of the year, but we need to embrace the challenge of playing those types of teams in order to prepare or conference play in March."
Sophomore Marko Ilic was the one point for the Bruins as the number 2 man for Belmont. He defeated redshirt-freshman Jeremy Taylor in two sets, winning the first set 6-4 and the second set 6-3.
Vincent Sterkens as the number four faced off against redshirt-junior Matt Story, and after both got one set against each other, the two found themselves in a very competitive tiebreaker set. However, once Story ended up with the game advantage leading 10-9, Sterkens was unable to take the advantage away from Story and lost 11-9.
Adam Rudowski also had a tough tiebreaker set against freshman Oscar Cutting. Cutting won the first set 6-2, while Rudowski answered right back by winning the second set by the same score. However, though Rudowski kept the tiebreaker set close, he was unable to grab the victory as the number six man for Belmont, losing the set 10-7.
Belmont's next two matches will be back home at Centennial Sportsplex on Monday, as they will face the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at 11:00 A.M and the Martin Methodist Redhawks at 3:00 P.M.