Tennis begins OVC play 5-0

The Tech Tennis team remained undefeated, at home and in conference play, last weekend against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky.

“It’s good to start the year like we have,” said Brazilian native and Tech sophomore tennis player Marcos Bernardes. “I love tennis and the competition we have faced this year.”

Tech took down Morehead State 6-1 Friday, April 1 and defeated Eastern Kentucky 5-2 Saturday.

Tech’s dominance in doubles play was on display this weekend. Doubles teams Eduardo Mena and Marcos Bernardes, and Jorge Alfonzo and Guillermo Nicolas, swept the doubles points in both matches this weekend.

They left TTU’s No. 1 squad Alex Arovin and Alberto Esteban unfinished in its doubles matches.

Mena improved his impressive record of 14-1 this season after defeating MSU’s Ritchie Kruunenberg and EKU’s Ramon van Flymen.

Esteban and Nicolas both won their match against MSU but lost against EKU. No. 2 Esteban defeated Gabriel Ruiz and lost to EKU senior Alex Alvaro. Nicolas from the No. 3 defeated Enrique Samudio and lost to Guillem Sanchis.

Bernardes had a strong weekend from the No.4 spot. He won in three sets against MSU’s Nick Mercer Friday. During the whirlwind Saturday, Bernardes was the last to finish against Sebastion Mueller, again in three sets.

“It was really tough playing in the wind today,” said Bernardes after his match. “I’ve played in windy games before in Argentina, but it was much colder.”

EKU’s head coach Rob Oertel mentioned after the game that sometimes a player was facing the wind more than his opponent.

No. 5 Carlos Tajes had two tough matches. He lost to MSU’s Sabastian Penaloza and EKU’s Diogo Soares.

No. 6 Alfonzo beat MSU’s Ognjen Sunjevaric, and won the match clincher Saturday against EKU’s Florian Graskamp.

“I was really impressed with EKU’s team,” said Bernardes. “It took me a long time to get the win today.”

Tech will be away next weekend playing at Southern Illinois Friday and at Eastern Illinois Saturday.