TTU’s top of the lineup excels in narrow defeat to Northern Illinois

TTU’s top of the lineup excels in narrow defeat to Northern Illinois

By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

DES MOINES, Iowa – A packed punch at the top of the Tennessee Tech tennis team's lineup was ultimately not enough in a neutral site meeting with Northern Illinois. The Golden Eagles checked the win column in each of the top three singles matchups, but found themselves on the wrong side of a barnburner with the Huskies (1-1), falling 4-3.  

For the second-straight day, No. 28 Eduardo Mena secured a win in the No. 1 singles battle, knocking off Bor Schweiger, 6-0, 6-1, to move to 2-1 this spring. Jorge Alfonzo followed suit with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Eric Marbach in the No. 2 slot, and Wenceslao Albin continued the Golden Eagle trend of success at the top with a 6-4, 7-6 win against Georg Lundkvist in the No. 3 position.

Albin's triumph tied the overall match at 3-3, before Northern Illinois officially crossed the finish line with a Tom Hjertonsson 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 nod over Gonzalo Garcia in the No. 5 showdown.

The Huskies captured two other singles points over the Golden Eagles (0-3) with wins in the No. 4 and No. 6 matchups. Kristopher Ortega took down Rikue Kubota, 6-3, 6-0, in the No. 4 affair, while Victor Spolidorio powered past Arthur Justo, 6-2, 7-5, in the No. 6 slot.

NIU seized the doubles point, collecting wins in the top-two spots. The No. 1 tandem of Eric Marbach and Kristopher Ortega slipped past Eduardo Mena and Riku Kubota, 7-6, and Georg Lundkvist and Bor Schweiger Muzar defeated Jorge Alfonzo and Gonzalo Garcia, 6-0, in the No. 2 position.

The No.3 doubles battle pitting NIU's Victor Spolidorio and Tom Hjertonsson and TTU's Marc Mila and Wenceslao Albin did not finish with the score deadlocked at 6-6.

Tech will put the finishing touches in its three-match road swing in Des Moines with a Sunday morning tilt with Western Michigan. First serve from Roger Knapp Tennis Center will begin at 10 a.m. CT.

1. Eduardo Mena (TTU) def. Bor Schweiger Muzar (NIU), 6-0, 6-1
2. Jorge Alfonzo (TTU) def. Eric Marbach (NIU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Wenceslao Albin (TTU) def. Georg Lundkvist (NIU), 6-4, 7-6
4. Kristopher Ortega (NIU) def. Riku Kubota (TTU), 6-3, 6-0
5. Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) def. Gonzalo Garcia (TTU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Victor Spolidorio (NIU) def. Arthur Justo (TTU), 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 4, 2, 6, 3, 5
1. Eric Marbach/Kristopher Ortega (NIU) def. Eduardo Mena/Riku Kubota (TTU), 7-6
2. Georg Lundkvist/Bor Schweiger Muzar (NIU) def. Jorge Alfonzo/Gonzalo Garcia (TTU), 6-0
3. Victor Spolidorio/Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) vs. Marc Mila/Wenceslao Albin (TTU), 6-6 unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1

Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information