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April 2, 2010

Golden Eagle men's tennis team sweeps past Cougars, 7-0

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's tennis team dropped just one set all day in sweeping to a convincing 7-0 non-conference victory Friday afternoon over visiting SIU Edwardsville.

The Golden Eagles (6-4 overall) will host Murray State Saturday at 11 a.m. in an important Ohio Valley Conference match. The SIUE Cougars, who will compete in the OVC beginning in 2011-12, fell to 1-11 overall.

After winning the doubles point, the Golden Eagles swept to wins at all six singles contests.

At No. 1, freshman Nick Stafford earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Paulo Gonzalez. The No. 2 match went to freshman Artura Santa Ruiz with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Rob Young, the middle set being the lone Cougar win of the day.

Sophomore Justin Kirstein claimed the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-3, over Devan Faulkenberg, Oscar Pachon took a 6-0, 6-1 win over Michael Chamberlain at No. 4, Lloyd Harris downed Carlos Sanchez, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5, and the No. 6 contest went to Mario Gutierrez by a 6-2, 6-0 count over Jordan Faulkenberg.

Earlier in the day, Tech's doubles teams set the tone for the match by winning all three positions.

Stafford and Josh Girling ousted Gonzalez and Chamberlain, 8-3, at the No. 1 double spot. At No. 2, Harris and Alex Chen faced a challenge when Young and Sanches rallied to make it a 6-5 contest, before the Golden Eagle tandem grabbed the 8-6 victory. At No. 3, Pachon and Santa Ruiz earned an 8-5 win over Jeremy Knipp and Dylan Reed.

Tennessee Tech 7, SIU Edwardsville 0
Cookeville, Tenn. – April 2, 2010
Tech Tennis Courts

Singles

No. 1 – Nick Stafford (TTU) def. Paulo Gonzalez, 6-3. 6-4
No. 2 – Arturo Santa Ruiz (TTU) def. Rob Young, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
No. 3 – Justin Kirstein (TTU) def. Devan Faulkenberg, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 – Oscar Pachon (TTU) def. Michael Chamberlain, 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 – Lloyd Harris (TTU) def. Carlos Sanchez, 7-5, 6-4
No, 6 – Mario Gutierrez (TTU) def. Jordan Faulkenberg, 6-2, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1 – Stafford/Josh Girling (TTU) def. Gonzalez/Chamberlain, 8-3
No. 2 – Harris/Alex Chen (TTU) def. Young Sanchez, 8-6
No. 3 – Pachon/Santa Ruiz (TTU) def. Jeremy Knipp/Dylan Reed, 8-5

Records:
Tennessee Tech 6-4
SIU Edwardsville 1-11