The Mens Tennis team at EKU has gotten off to a strong conference start, going 4-1 to open conference play. Their only loss has come to Tennessee Tech.
The Colonels won their first conference game with a blowout victory over Eastern Illinois. After freshman Parth Aggarwal and Romain Stoffels got the 6-4 victory in the doubles match, the Colonels rolled through the singles matches with sophomore Jan Kuehling clinching the final match to give the Colonels a 7-0 victory.
The Colonels followed the victory up with a non-conference loss to Southern Illinois before returning to conference play, beating Jacksonville State in Richmond. The Colonels fell down by a point before singles play started. Senior Sebastian Mueller lost the first single match and the Gamecocks lead grew. The Colonels ripped off three straight matches thanks to strong play from junior Ramon Van Flymen, Aggarwal, and Kuehling. The Colonels were tied up at 3-3 going into the final set. Senior Diego Asis came into the game for the final match and won the game for the Colonels, giving them a 4-3 lead.
The Colonels turned around and got blown out 7-0 by Tennessee Tech at home. Tennessee Tech was undefeated in conference play and dominated from the beginning.
The Colonels bounced back quick and got a decisive 4-3 victory over Belmont. Asis was the hero in this game again, winning his singles match and giving the Colonels the victory. The win gave the Colonels their sixth 4-3 victory on the year.
“Just another classic, drama filled match for the men’s team and we came out on the right end of a 4-3er,” Men’s tennis Head Coach Rob Oertel said after the match.
The Colonels finished off the weekend on Saturday with a 6-1 victory over the visiting Tennessee State Tigers. The match marked the return of 2016 All-OVC player Guillem Sanchis who has been out with an injury all season. Sanchis picked up his singles victory along with Flymen, Mueller, and Aggarwal.
At full health and one conference game to go, the Colonel look like strong contenders for the OVC tournament crown. The Colonels play their final conference game at Austin Peay on the 14th. They will take on Purdue on the 16th for their final tune up game before the OVC tournament in Nashville on the 21st.