The East Central University men’s tennis team earned its first wins of the 2013-14 season when they defeated Newman 5-4 and Friends 9-0 at West Genesis.
The Tigers (2-2) took one of three points in the doubles matches against the Jets. Juniors Marc Fillat and Max DeJuan earned an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles over Evgeniy Kim and Max Pyle.
ECU then picked up singles wins at No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No.6 singles to earn the win. DeJuan earned a win over Eduardo Santos, 3-6, 6-3,10-7 at No. 2 singles. Senior Julian Caminos then added a 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 win over Kim at No. 3 singles.
Junior Nate Kipping added a 4-6, 6-0, 10-6 win over Miguel Bendiot at No. 5 singles. The final point came from freshman Stefan Schodlbauer at No. 6 singles over Pyle (7-6, 6-7, 10-7).
The Tigers then earned a 9-0 win over Friends at a neutral court. Caminos and senior Andrew Cabato claimed an 8-2 win over Ferdinand Ostrowicki and Eric Berner at No. 1 doubles to start the match for ECU.
DeJuan then made the score 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Berner at No. 2 singles. The winning point was scored by Caminos, with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Stefan Nikolic at No. 3 singles.
The Tigers will now return home for their first home match of the 2014 season, Feb. 24 against Seminole State at 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis Splits Matches in Kansas
WICHITA, KAN. – The East Central University women’s tennis team split a pair of matches at West Genesis. The Lady Tigers (1-3) first fell to Newman 8-1 and then defeated Friends 8-0.
ECU’s lone point against Newman came at No. 4 singles, where freshman Julia Municoy defeated Hillary Hicks 6-2, 6-2.
The whole team then got in on the action against Friends, winning 8-0. The Lady Tigers earned two points by default at No. 3 doubles and No. 5 singles.
Senior Agostina Moran and Municoy took an 8-1 win over Katy O’Reilly and Sierra Oltean at No. 1 doubles. Juniors Kelsey Kerr and Bernardita Muscillo added a third point with an 8-0 win over Meredity Haney and Alexis Johnson at No. 2 doubles.
Muscillo added a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of O’Reilly at No. 1 singles and Moran added the winning point with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Oltean at No. 2 singles.
ECU will play one more road match, Tuesday, Feb. 18 when they travel to Tahlequa, Okla., to face Northeastern State at 11 a.m.