By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s men’s tennis team swept a weekend of OVC matches after close-call singles play. The Colonels played Tennessee Tech University on March 13, where the match came down to No. 5 singles play then went head to head against Jacksonville State on March 14 and pulled the win off with multiple tiebreakers.
Tennessee Tech 3
Sophomore Sebastian Mueller won the No. 5 deciding match against Tennessee Tech (3-11, 1-1 OVC) for the final win.
The Colonels entered singles play with the doubles point on its side, but then quickly fell behind as Tennessee Tech took a 3-1 lead with singles victories at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4. Eastern came back, however, with wins in the final three matches.
Freshman Ramon van Flymen started the rally at No. 2 where he won in straight sets of 7-6, 7-6. Senior Junajo de le Llera also won in straight sets to tie the match 3-all.
The match then came down to Mueller at the No. 5 spot. He entered the third and final set with momentum, earning the first three games to pull off the win.
Jacksonville State 2
Again, the Colonels won the first point in doubles against Jacksonville State (5-7, 1-1 OVC). Jacksonville State was voted preseason OVC co-favorites this spring, but Eastern put a stop to them in singles after winning multiple tiebreakers.
Jacksonville’s only points came at No. 1 and No. 3 singles.
Van Flymen won his No. 2 singles and de le Llera won his No. 6 singles, each in straight sets. This was de le Llera’s fifth consecutive singles win.
Mueller also gained his fifth consecutive singles win after winning a third-set tiebreaker in the No. 4 spot. Mueller was named OVC Co-Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for his efforts.
At No. 5, sophomore Diogo Soares earned another point for the Colonels with a second-set tiebreaker.
The Colonels (8-5, 2-0 OVC) return to the Greg Adams Tennis Center against OVC foes March 20 versus Tennessee State University and March 21 against Belmont University.