Golden Eagles upended by DePaul to conclude stay in the Sunshine State

Golden Eagles upended by DePaul to conclude stay in the Sunshine State

By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information 

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Strong showings from the bottom of the Tennessee Tech tennis team's lineup were ultimately not enough Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Eagles were downed 4-2 by DePaul to put a lid on their weekend-stay in Boca Raton, Fla.

Sophomore Gonzalo Garcia and freshman Lucca Silva shined from the bottom of the singles order, each claiming a straight-set win out of the final two spots in the lineup. Garcia registered a 6-3, 6-1 nod over Luuk Wassenaar from the No. 5 position, while Silva collected a 6-1, 6-1 win against Tamas Zador in the No. 6 spot.

The Blue Demons (6-4) found success in the middle of the singles rotation with wins out of the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 slots. Vito Tonejc defeated Riku Kubota, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 2 clash, while Christopher Casati took down Fanis Kontopoulos, 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the No. 3 matchup and Fran Tonejc secured a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Wenceslao Albin in the No. 5 battle.

The top tilt pitting Elias Grubert and Boris Spanjaard did not finish.

The Golden Eagles (2-6) trailed early in the match after failing to win the doubles point with losses in two of the three matchups. Vito Tonejc and Fran Tonejc notched a 6-4 nod over Elias Grubert and Wenceslao Albin in the No. 2 potion and Conor O'Meara and Luuk Wassenaar picked up a 6-4 win against Riku Kubota and Lucca Silva in the No. 3 slot.

Tech triumphed in the No. 1 spot thanks to a 6-3 victory from Carlos Vicente and Gonzalo Garcia over Boris Spanjaard and Christopher Casati.

The Golden Eagles will head to Corpus Christi, Texas over the weekend, taking aim in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23.

Boris Spanjaard (DPU) vs. Elias Grubert (TTU) DNF
2. Vito Tonejc (DPU) def. Riku Kubota (TTU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
3. Christopher Casati (DPU) def. Fanis Kontopoulos (TTU) 7-6 (3), 6-3
4. Fran Tonejc (DPU) def. Wenceslao Albin (TTU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
5. Gonzalo Garcia (TTU) def. Luuk Wassenaar (DPU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Lucca Silva (TTU) def. Tamas Zador (DPU) 6-1, 6-1

1. Vicente/Garcia (TTU) def. Spanjaard/Casati (DPU) 6-3
2. V. Tonejc/F. Tonejc (DPU) def. Grubert/Albin (TTU) 6-4
3. O'Meara/Wassenaar (DPU) def. Kubota/Silva (TTU) 6-4

Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information