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Georgetown College men's tennis went 1-2 this past week, including a 5-4 heartbreaker on Senior Day against Mid-South Conference rival University of the Cumberlands. The Tigers (10-10) get a chance at redemption though, taking on the Patriots in the quarterfinal round Friday morning at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington. Match is set for 11 am as are the other two quarterfinal matches of the MSC Tournament. University of Pikeville plays St. Catharine, while Campbellsville University plays University of Virginia College at Wise.
The winner of GC/UC will play Lindsey Wilson College, which received the lone bye of the tournament. UPike/SCC-CU/UVa-Wise winners will play each other in the other semifinal match. Each are set for a 5 pm start.
Finals are set for 2 pm Saturday. Click HERE to follow all the tournament bracket updates.
Georgetown got behind 2-1 in doubles. Then the Tigers won three of the first five singles matches to be tied at four all. It came down to Chris Bartlett battling Mateo Peria.
"It never seems to fail this season," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "When we are in a close match Chris seems to be the one battling for the final result. He is getting a lot of experience and playing great this season."
The freshman from Louisville won the first set 6-2, but lost the last two 6-4, 6-3 as Peria sealed up the No. 4 seed for Cumberlands.
Junior Benjamin Aspillaga and Bartlett teamed up for close lose in doubles 8-5. Aspillaga, hampered by injuries, was forced to retire early in the second set. Zach Thomas and Gustavo Echeverria defeated Jerrid Neeley and Guillermo Alvarez 8-4 for the lone victory in doubles. Echeverria also won his singles match over Alvarez, 6-1, 6-2. Thomas lost in three to Danilo Garcia 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Jose Baeza won his singles' match over Neeley 6-4, 6-0 and Carlos de Valle beat Smith 6-3, 6-4.
The Tigers rebounded from that with an 8-1 win over Centre College and finished the week with a 7-2 loss to Lincoln Memorial University.
"The only loss we had was at No. 2 singles," Cunningham said. "It was a good match. We got a chance to rest Benji and get some experience for some of our other players."
Against LMU, Alec Lewis and Carlos del Valle won their singles matches for GC's two points. Lewis defeated Michael Koenen 6-2, 0-6, 10-5. Del Valle won 6-1, 6-1 over Corbett Smith.