Marion, AL—The MMI men's and women's tennis teams lost their first matches of the young season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Stillman College Tigers, 9-0 and 8-1, respectively.
Coach Wright was particularly impressed with the men's team.
"The men, for the most part, played hard and smart," Wright said. "I was particularly pleased with the top two-thirds of the lineup. Kaiser and Romar reached the third set in their matches. Romar lost in a tough third set, and Kaiser had to retire due to an injury. I would've loved to have seen Kaiser healthy in that third set. Kaiser is a tough kid. And Jake and Javier played some very nice tennis."
The Stillman team took a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles competition. MMI's Hernandez and McDonough lost 8-4 at No. 1 doubles to Jangeon Lee and David Torres, and MMI's De Leon and de Claire dropped a close 8-6 contest to Jose Pojasi and Yonwaba Pupuma at No. 2 doubles. Stillman also captured the No. 3 doubles flight.
After splitting 6-4 sets, De Leon slid trying to scoop up a drop shot and sprained his ankle in the early stages of the third set. De Leon suffered his first loss of the season to Jangeon Lee, 6-4, 4-6, 3-1 (ret.). Hernandez suffered a three-set loss at No. 2 singles to David Torres, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. McDonough lost to Alek Zobec, 6-3, 6-4, and de Claire fell to Yonwaba Pupuma, 6-2, 6-4. Marty Birchmeier and Kyon James lost the remaining two matches to Stillman.
On the women's side, MMI split the two doubles matches played and forfeited the third. MMI's Maria Cespedes and Victoria Jones defeated Stillman's Mederios and Laguna-Leon, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles, while MMI's Lydia Carter and Ashley Johnston fell to Stillman's Godinet and Kalugina, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.
Stillman swept all five singles matches that were played and won the sixth match by forfeit.
The Lady Tigers will play their next match at home against Snead State Community College on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m.
The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 25. They will host Faulkner State Community College in a 1:00 p.m. match.