Men's Tennis - Wed, Sep. 12, 2012
Georgetown College men's tennis opened the fall season
with a pair of 5-4 victories over Marian University, which beat No. 24 Spring
Arbor already this fall, and University of Northern Ohio.
The Tigers (2-0) took the early lead, 2-1, as Benjamin
Aspillaga and Ryne Least and Jacob Loveland and Jose Baeza won their doubles
It was 1-1 with Baeza and Loveland fighting for that
final doubles' point. Both teams won a set, pushing into a tiebreak. Marian's
Nick Batuello and Jason Denton took the early 4-1 lead. Baeza served the next
two points to pull back to 4-3. Loveland, a freshman, then held his serves and
hit a backhand return winner as GC took a 2-1 edge.
Aspillaga and Baeza won their singles' matches in
straight sets, while Gustavo Echeverria and Zach Thomas lost in three sets.
Loveland again was split, one set apiece, with his opponent Tyler Scanlan. If
that was not tough enough for the rookie, the rains began to pour.
"We had to travel to indoor courts for Jacob to play his
third set," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "It was a lot for him that day,
but he made an impressive comeback to be in that situation and he took
advantage to clinch the match for us."
He finished Scanlan, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.
The Tigers followed that by defeating No. 21 UNOH by the
same score. UNOH hopped up to an early 2-0 lead in doubles when Aspillaga and
Least battled for a 9-8 win for at least one point before singles.
"Our first two singles' matches to finish were not in our
favor, so very quickly we trailed 4-1," Cunningham said. "It wasn't looking good
for us Saturday afternoon."
After losing his first set, 5-7, Baeza battled back for a
7-6 win in set to and forced a third set that he won 6-3. Echeverria's
three-setter turned into a sluggest of long rallies, eventually causing
opponent Gustavo Rueda to retire. This trimmed the deficit to 4-3. Loveland got
behind 5-1 in the third set, when he rallied to keep GC's hopes alive.
That left Least on the court with the chance to clinch
the victory. Least, who came to Georgetown to play football, is a state
champion tennis player from Lexington Catholic. This season he is helping the
football Tigers as a student manager, but decided to return to the courts to
play for Cunningham.
He won the decisive set 6-2 and kept GC undefeated in the
"This victory was a statement for the GC men, defeating the
No. 21 team in the country," Cunningham said. "They have great expectations for
this season with early wins over these teams."