Livingston, AL—The University of West Alabama Tigers defeated the Marion Military Institute Tigers, 5-1, in a rain-shortened match at the Howard R. Vaughan Tennis Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
West Alabama notched the doubles point by sweeping doubles play. Ilia Dehodiuk and Henrik Sinkko at No. 1 doubles and Noah Johansen and Anton Lof at No. 3 doubles swept all six games in their sets to put the doubles point away. MMI's No. 2 doubles team of Dominique Ingram and Vance Llewellyn fell 6-2 to Erik Nordblom and Ilari Vesanen.
"Playing by Division II rules proved to be an interesting experience for our players today," said MMI coach Charles Wright. "We played six-game sets instead of eight-game pro-sets, used no-ad scoring instead of regular scoring, and played lets on the service games. Playing by those rules hastens play quite a bit. You have to be on your toes from the very first serve. You play at a quickened pace and with a heightened sense of urgency."
West Alabama continued its torrid play in singles play, winning identical 6-1, 6-0 matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and a double-bagel match at No. 6 singles.
Dominique Ingram tallied Marion's first and only point of the match at No. 3 singles when his opponent, Erik Nordblom, retired due to injury after claiming the first set, 6-3.
MMI's Vance Llewellyn picked up four games in a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Ilari Vesanen.
The last match still in progress when the rain cancelled play was at No. 5 singles. West Alabama's Henrik Sinkko had MMI's Nathan Johnsen on the ropes at 6-2, 3-2.
The men's tennis team will return to action on Friday, February 15 when it travels to Wallace State Community College-Hanceville for a 1:00 p.m. match.