Franklin Springs, Ga. — On Tuesday, March 20th the Emmanuel College Men's Tennis Team hosted their first home match of the season against North Greenville University. The EC Lions defeated the Crusaders 4-3.
Today was the second conference match for the Emmanuel College Men's Tennis Team. The Lions were expecting a tough fight as they fell against the Crusaders last year 4-3, but they were ready to make things different this year. Every player gave the best they could and managed to beat the Crusaders for the first time.
Double number 3 composed of both freshman Juan Camilo Burgos and Gustaf Ivarsson did not encounter any trouble as they saw the weakness of their opponent in the beginning and used it to defeat them 6-0.
Double #1 composed of Juan Carlos Romero and Kornel Kimagzewski struggled against their opponents. Romero's aggressive shots and Kimagzewski's solid volleys were unfortunately not enough and lost their double 6-4.
Playing double number 2 was juniors Jorge Canadas and Lucas Sasaki, who had a great start and were up from one break 5-4. As Sasaki and Canadas were the clinches, they needed the win to capture the doubles point for the team. Going until the tiebreak at 6-6, the duo managed to close the match 7-6 (8-6).
The Lions were now up by 1-0 after the doubles and were ready to give everything they had in singles.
Playing number 6 singles was Sophomore Joshua Davis who struggled to find solutions to overcome his opponent. After losing the first set 6-2, Davis was not ready to give up, he fought hard until the end, but unfortunately, his opponent did not give him a chance as he fell 6-2, 6-3.
Number 4 single was Freshman Juan Camilo Burgos who also had a tough time. Burgos' consistency was not enough to beat his opponent as he lost 6-1, 6-2.
Kornel Kimagzewski playing number 2 single had a really tight and intense match. Despite losing the first set in the tie break 7-5, Kornel kept using the same tactic. Now a break ahead in the tie break of the second set, he managed to close it out 7-2. For the third set, Kimagzewski got more confident and thanks to a lot of aggressive shots managed to clinch the match 6-7, 7-7, 6-2.
#1 single was played by the junior Juan Carlos Romero who had trouble finding the weaknesses of his opponent. Romero's aggressive game style wasn't enough to defeat the Crusader as he fell 6-3, 6-2.
Playing number 3 singles was Lucas Sasaki who had a really good start. Sasaki managed to break his opponents serve, leading him to a comfortable position in the first set. After winning the first set 6-2, Lucas kept the same game style and was ahead 4-1 once again. His opponent was able to close in on him, but Sasaki did not give up and managed to close the match 6-2, 7-5.
The score was now 3-3, and Jorge Canadas playing number 5 was the last single still playing, the Lions needed his point to defeat the Crusaders.
Canadas did not encounter any difficulties against his opponent. He used the same strategy from the beginning until the end as he saw that his opponent was struggling when Jorge was coming to the net. After winning the first set 6-1, Canadas closed the match quickly by winning the second set 6-3. Jorge was able to clinch the match and got the last point thanks to the support of all of his teammates.
The Lions finished the day with a 4-3 win against North Greenville University.
EC Tennis Team will host their second home match and third conference match of the season on Friday, March 22nd against King University.
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