Franklin Springs, GA – The Emmanuel College Tennis Team hosted Limestone today in another conference match this week. The lions were looking to grab a win after a tough battle last Tuesday against North Greenville.
The doubles action was intense with several opportunities for the home team to earn a break, but the Saints were able to save every possible opportunity.
The #3 duo, Pereira/Alcacer gave Emmanuel their first point of the day again with a convincing 8-5 win. Limestone tied everything by capturing the top doubles seed by administrating an early service break in the match. With only one doubles to be played, Emmanuel fought for every single point and also saved 2 match points, before falling by 8-6 at the #2 doubles.
With the overall scored now in favor of the visiting team, Emmanuel was looking to get back on track in the singles' event. Limestone was looking to take care of business early in the afternoon but all matches were close and it looked like the victory could go either way. The first singles point came from #5 singles in a very tough match. The freshman Lukas Konigs dropped the initial set, but raised his level and took Limestone's Senior Giacomo Campos to the limit on the second set. After a series of service holds, the set ended up in a very tense tie-breaker. Konigs played well and had a 6-3 up to take the match to the third set, but he saw Campos' experience to be very valuable and ended up falling by a close 9-7.
Another Freshman Enrique Alcacer fought hard and played a very long match before falling to Benji Lascari.
The overall match at this point was now 4-1 in favor of the saints, with Junior Braden Anglin still on court and in the middle of a match. Anglin was motivated to give the Lions a point and keep the hopes alive. With a combination of serve & volleys and several approaches to the net to finish the points, the first set was only decided in the tie-breaker. The set was still close and it was only decided by a small detail and a well played point by the Saint. After dropping the first set, Braden had difficulties to find his rhythm and the opponent used the momentum extremely well to close the set, and clinch the match with two breaks, 6-2.
Lucas Pereira, Louis Malejka, and David Forehand still had the chance to step on the court and face their opponents, but the Saints still proved to be too much for the Lions. Lucas fell to Stefano Soares by 6-3 6-2 while Louis dropped his match by 6-3 6-4. Forehand could only play a Pro-set since the match was already decided and fell by 8-0.
Coach Darbar commented, "Even though we dropped the match, I believe we play better than what we can see on the scoreboard. The matches were closer than they look and we are playing better every single time we step on the court. I am sure the boys are upset with the lost, because they love to compete and win, but they know we are moving to the right direction now. We have a few days to practice and improve before our next match, so we will use that to our advantage!"
The EC Lions Tennis Team will be back in action in an away event on April 8th @ King University, followed by Lees McRae.
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