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Bump in the road: Golden Eagle tennis team falls at Jax State, 4-3


JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The Tennessee Tech tennis team lost its Ohio Valley Conference road match at Jacksonville State Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Gamecocks, 4-3. It was Tech's first regular season conference loss since late in the 2011 season, snapping a 17-match OVC winning streak by the Golden Eagles.

Tech (2-9/1-1 OVC) stays on the road this weekend, playing OVC matches at Eastern Illinois Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a visit to SIU Edweardsville Sunday at 10 a.m.

The win for JSU snapped a four match-losing skid to the Golden Eagles and was the Gamecocks' first win since 2009.  Jax State improved to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in OVC play.

With the match tied at 3-3, the outcome was decided on the No. 3 singles court where JSU freshman Dylan Gee edged Tech senior Vasily Eremeev. After coming away with a tough, 7-6 win in the opening set, Gee put the match into the win column with a 6-2 win in the second set for the 4-3 match final score. 

The Golden Eagles had started things by capturing the doubles point, getting wins at No. 1 and No. 2, while the No. 3 contest went unfinished. At No. 1, Oleksiy Arovin and Alberto Esteban downed the JSU pairing of Jaryd Reese and Jefferson Wendler-Filho, 8-4. In the No. 2 spot, Eremeev and Artem Tarasov grabbed an 8-3 win over Felipe Diaz and Pedro Wagner 8-3 to close out doubles.

The Gamecocks quickly regrouped for singles and got off to a fast start as Mathias Chaim downed Gagan Jain at No. 5 by a 6-1, 6-0 count to tie the match at 1-1. The home team took a 2-1 lead after Diaz ousted Gonzalo Munoz in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

In the No. 1 position, Arovin tied things at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-3, straight set win over Wagner. That lifted Arovin's singles record to 9-2 in dual matches.

Wendler-Filho turned back Alvaro Cintas at No. 4 in a hard fought match, giving the Gamecocks a 3-2 lead. Wendler-Filho won the opening set 6-4, but Cintas took him to a tiebreaker in the second set before Wendler-Filho out-lasted his opposition in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4).

Esteban claimed a 6-3, 7-6 win against JSU's Jaryd Reese at No. 3, knotting the score at 3-3 and setting the stage for the deciding point at No. 3.
 

Jacksonville State 4, Tennessee Tech 3
3/19/2014 at Jacksonville, Ala. 

Singles competition
1. AROVIN, Oleksiy (TTU) def. WAGNER, Pedro (JSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. ESTEBAN, Alberto (TTU) def. REESE, Jaryd (JSU) 6-3, 7-6
3. GEE, Dylan (JSU) def. EREMEEV, Vasily (TTU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
4. WENDLER-FILHO, Jeff (JSU) def. CINTAS, Alvaro (TTU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. CHAIM, Mathias (JSU) def. JAIN, Gagan (TTU) 6-1, 6-0
6. DIAZ, Felipe (JSU) def. MUNOZ, Gonzalo (TTU) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. AROVIN, Oleksiy/ESTEBAN, Alberto (TTU) def. REESE, Jaryd/WENDLER-FILHO, Jeff (JSU) 8-4
2. EREMEEV, Vasily/TARASOV, Artem (TTU) def. DIAZ, Felipe/WAGNER, Pedro (JSU) 8-3
3. CHAIM, Mathias/GEE, Dylan (JSU) vs. JAIN, Gagan/CINTAS, Alvaro (TTU) unfinished