By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech tennis team was upended in its 2018 spring opener Monday afternoon, opening its campaign with a 6-1 loss at the University of Tennessee.
Freshman Gonzalo Garcia served as a bright spot for Tech (0-1), carding a singles victory in his first spring tilt as a Golden Eagle. The Barcelona, Spain native edged Andrew Rodgers, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3, in the No. 5 matchup to pick up TTU's lone point in the match.
The Vols (3-0) took control of the contest in the tilt's initial stages, securing the doubles point with wins in the top two spots. The No. 1 tandem of Adam Walton and Preston Touliatos knocked off Tech's No. 1 duo of Eduardo Mena and Riku Kubotoa, 6-0, before Luis Valero and Andrew Rogers collected a 6-2 victory over TTU's No. 2 partnership of Jorge Alfonzo and Gonzalo Garcia.
The Volunteers parlayed their doubles success into a slew of early singles wins, officially clinching the match in a much anticipated top-spot battle that pitted a pair of top 40 players in the nation. No. 36 Timo Stodder took down No. 28 Eduardo Mena, 6-3, 7-5, for the Vols' third singles win and fourth point overall to push UT into the win column.
The Golden Eagles will flock north over the weekend, heading to Des Moines, Iowa for a trio of tilts Friday through Sunday. Tech till be at Drake Friday at 6 p.m. CT, before clashing with Northern Illinois Saturday at 1 p.m. and Western Michigan Sunday at 10 a.m.
Photo by Tony Marable