The Lady Savages got blanked by Cameron University, a very experienced, ranked team with some very good international players.
"There were some bright spots though, some of our freshman are beginning to step it up and they played some outstanding points which led to a few games for the good guys," said Southeastern coach Pat Mauldin. "April Beaumont did a good job at No. 3, realizing she needs to work on her conditioning and weight training program on a consistent basis.
"She and Kelly Langfrod teamed up at the No. 2 spot in doubles and even though they lost the match, they played well together, something to build on.
"Denise Rodriguez has found her strokes again so all was not lost. Hopefully, these new-found strengths will help us to be more accountable thoughout the remainder of the season."
The Savages got into a hole by losing all three of their doubles matches.
At No.1, Matt Jackson and Bodene Scott lost to Ivor Hitrez and Oscar Guerra 8-1. Jose Tineo and Alejandro Gutierrez did a little better at No. 2, but were defeated by Alex Furlan and Gustavo Blanco 8-2. Jachin Howard and Scott Sasser had our best score at No. 3 doubles. They played Marco Valdez and Nathan McCulloch but came out on the short end of an 8-4 score.
Except for the three-set match at No. 2 by Tineo, Southeastern lost all of their singles matches in straight sets. Jackson started off strong in his first set, taking a 3-2 lead over Hitrez at No. 1. He couldn't keep it going, though, and fell 6-3, 6-0.
Tineo had a long grueling match with Furlan. Most of the points were long baseline rallies lasting 10-15 shots.
Tineo ecked out the first set 7-5. Furlan came back to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-3. At No. 3, Scott lost to Guerra 6-2, 6-1. Eduardo Pazos fell at No. 4 to Blanco 6-1, 6-1.
Gutierrez played an outstanding first set against Jorge Zabrodiez in position No. 5. He went to 6-all, but then lost the tiebreaker 7-4. He hung in gamely in the second set but lost it 6-0. In the final spot, Howard lost to Valdez 6-0, 6-1.
"Cameron has ranked as high as 39th in the nation in NCAA II this spring so we knew we would have a tough match on our hands," said coach Bill Troeger. "One of their doubles teams and three singles players have high rankings in our region.
"I thought our guys gave everything they had in the match, but it just wasn't enough against such a talented team," said Troeger. "I thought Tineo played one of his best matches at No. 2 singles, despite the losing effort.
"Our next action is at Ada on Friday when we take on Harding University and East Central. These are two more strong D-2 teams."