ADA — Southeastern snapped a six-match losing skid and picked up its third conference victory with a 5-4 victory over rival East Central on Thursday evening.
The women’s tennis team improved to 7-12 overall and 3-2 in Great American Conference play with one league game left on the schedule.
The Storm got off to a good start with a pair of doubles wins to take a 2-1 lead.
While ECU picked up the first win of the match at number three doubles, it was the team of Ilga Racika-Racko and Brittany Tobin who evened the match with an 8-6 win at number one doubles.
The duo of Conchi Assiego and Darija Catipovic followed with an 8-6 win of their own to put the Storm in front 2-1.
The Tigers evened the match when Julia Municoy picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win over Assiego at number three singles.
SE answered with back-to-back wins, first coming from Catipovic over Arurielie Rodriguez at number two with a 6-2, 7-5 win, followed by a 6-4, 6-2 win by Racika-Racko at number one over Bernardita Muscillo to give the Storm a 4-2 edge.
Tobin then clinched the match at number six with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kelsey Kerr to make the score 5-2.
ECU would pick up wins at numbers four and five to fashion he final of 5-4.
ADA — Southeastern completed its sweep of Great American Conference opposition with a 5-4 victory over rival East Central on Thursday evening.
The win earns the men their first GAC regular season tennis title and moves them to 12-6 overall on the year and 3-0 in league play.
The team has rallied from a mid-season lull to win five of its last seven matches.
However, SE found itself behind after doubles play, with the duo of Billy Haugen and Nathan Nelmes picking up the lone victory in doubles play with an 8-5 win at number three.
In singles play, Nelmes quickly evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Max DeJuan at number two.
The Tigers jumped back in front at 3-2 with Julian Caminos downing Petar Popovic 6-2, 6-2 at number three.
SE again answered though with Alberto Blesa evening the contest at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win at number one singles over Marc Fillat.
ECU again found an answer with a Tiago Ferreira falling in three sets to Andrew Cabato, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 to give the Tigers the 4-3 advantage.
Martin Bedcarratz would even the score at 4-4 with a come-from-behind victory at number five over Stefan Schodlbauer, dropping the first set 0-6, before rallying with a 7-6 (4) win in the second set and a 6-2 win in the third.
Renato Joao would provide the clinching match, picking up a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Nate Kipping at number six to earn the Storm a 5-4 win.