NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont men's tennis team posted their third straight win as they edged Georgia Southern 4-3 in a match played Saturday afternoon at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville.
The Bruins took the early 1-0 lead as they swept all three doubles matches. At one, the #45 ranked duo of Marko Ilic and Hendrik Inno beat JC Alcala and Stefano Di Aloy 6-1. Later at two, Zak Khan and Joan Valy beat Antonio Muniz and Murphy McCullough 6-3. Vincent Sterkens and Grant Kelly completed the sweep as they defeated Diego Finkelstein and Santiago Suarez 7-5.
In singles, Belmont expanded their lead to 3-0 with Inno's straight sets win over Muniz at one and Joan Valy's victory at number three over Finkelstein. However, the Eagles were not done.
GSU posted wins at positions two and five to cut the lead to 3-2. However, Khan clinched the victory at number four as he outlasted McCullough in three sets: 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
"Great team win today," said Mauricio Antun, Belmont's Director of Tennis. "I felt like everybody showed up ready to play and fought to the end. To pick up the doubles point was very important and that gave us momentum going into singles. I'm proud of the guys for their performance and this win gives us momentum as we face Tennessee Tech in our OVC opener next Saturday."
The men's tennis team (7-8) is back on the court next Saturday, March 23 as they play at Tennessee Tech in their conference opener.
Belmont 4, Georgia Southern 3
1. Hendrik Inno (BELM) def. Antonio Muniz (GS) 6-4, 6-2
2. Stefano Di Aloy (GS) def. Marko Ilic (BELM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Joan Valy (BELM) def. Diego Finkelstein (GS) 6-3, 6-2
4. Zak Khan (BELM) def. Murphy McCullough (GS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
5. Pascal Wagemaker (GS) def. Vincent Sterkens (BELM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
6. Santiago Suarez (GS) def. Jake Briggs (BELM) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Georgia Southern 11-5