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Georgetown College men's tennis helped salute their seniors Tuesday evening with a 5-4 win over NCAA Division II Cedarville University. The evening started out with a ceremony for Josh Clay and Austin Colliver.
The two together destroyed it in doubles, pairing up for the first time ever. Then the entire match came down to a singles point on Clay's court.
"It was a thrilling end," said coach Michael Cunningham. "We put ourselves in very good position after doubles, taking all three courts for only the second time this season. However, we knew Cedarville was a good team and hard to beat."
The Yellow Jackets are 13-8 overall this season and came in having won three of their past five matches.
Georgetown held a slight 4-3 lead with Ryo Takeda still playing at the one singles spot and Clay at the six.
Austin Colliver won a thrilling five-seed singles match in tiebreaker fashion for the lone road point Tuesday against Campbellsville University. The senior beat Johan Fuzellier, 6-4, 1-6, (10-7).
He and Kaushik Kailash teamed up in doubles and were just three games from a victory over Airian Sabrojo and Victor Aulbeck.
"It's tough inside our conference, but we just keep fighting," said GC coach Michael Cunningham. "We are so young, if we learn now we are better in the near future. I see good things on the horizon with this team."
Georgetown College men's tennis team has been searching for that staple victory. The Tigers have been on the verge for weeks. Tuesday against Mid-South Conference foe University of the Cumberlands, not only was it a chance to make some noise against a team receiving votes, but also claim a 2-1 record in league play.
The windy, sometimes chilly day at Lackey Tennis Center set the stage for some exciting moments.
GC had the chance for an early 2-1 lead in doubles as ones Ryo Takeda and Tristan Nosek battled to a tiebreaker. The youthful pair eventually fell 9-7, allowing the Patriots to take an early lead.
Georgetown College men's tennis is on the verge of some break through moments, along the way the Tigers are providing some intense showdowns. This past Saturday, University of Pikeville, which is receiving votes in the coaches' poll, won 9-0, but the final score is deceiving.
Only three sets went down uncontested and freshman Ryo Takeda gave Pablo Casas all he could handle in the singles top spot. Takeda lost the first set, rebounded for a tie-break win in the second to force a third set. Casas edged out the 6-3, 6-7, 10-6 win.
Takeda and Tristan Nosek teamed up for the best doubles match, losing 8-6 to top-seeded Jan Kappes and Enzo Douillac.
Ryan Simms and Cole McCreary dropped a hard-fought 8-4 doubles match to Diego Reboredo and Eric Bernabeu. Austin Colliver and Kaushik Kailish fell 8-2 to Fernando Fernadez and Juan Reyes.
Men's tennis has been on the door step of several big wins all season and Saturday tallied its third in four matches. The Tigers returned from their spring break trip and handed NCAA Division III Earlham a 7-2 setback at Lackey Tennis Center.
They started strong, winning all three doubles matches. Ryo Takeda and Tristan Nosek battled hard at the one-seed to beat Vitalli Stadnyk and Jack Ventura-Cruess 9-7. Cole McCreary and Ryan Simms had the easiest win, 8-3 over Adarsh Singh and Adam Schwartz. In the three position, it was Kaushik Kailash and Austin Colliver over Nicola Manni and Vojislav Tatarevic, 8-6.
Then it was wins at one and two singles that secured the match and three and four added to that margin.