Trojans Outlast TusculumMarch 29, 2007
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 24 Anderson University menís tennis team outlasted No. 39 Tusculum College 5-3 Thursday at the Nichols Tennis Complex. The Trojans improve to 10-6 on the year, while the Pioneers (10-3) have their four-match winning streak halted. Anderson took a 2-1 lead after doubles play as Andres Weisskopf and Marc Pibernat recorded an 8-5 pro set win at the No. 2 flight over Leo Guaycurus and Henrique Rodrigues. Tusculum captured the point at No. 1 doubles as Sergio Espinosa and Carlos Garcia defeated AUís Srkirishna Ramanathan and Renato Assuncao, 8-4. Ramanathan and Assuncao are ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region. Espinosa and Garcia recorded wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively as the Pioneers took a 3-2 advantage. Jose Augusto Gaspar outlasted Nicolas Bigler 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to tie the match. Assuncao and Pipernat won the match for Anderson with wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 flights in straight sets. Tusculum will host Newberry College on Saturday at 11 a.m., while Anderson will entertain Coker College at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Doubles -- Espinosa/Garcia (TC) def. Srikrishna Ramanathan/Assuncao, 8-4; Weisskopf/Pibernat (AU) def. Guaycurus/Rodrigues, 8-5; Fehske/Sanches (AU) d. Julien Jacob/Bigler (TC), 8-3. Singles -- Sergio Espinosa (TC) def. Andres Weisskopf, 7-5, 6-3; Jose Augusto Gaspar (AU) def. Nicolas Bigler, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1; Carlos Garcia (TC) def. Stephan Fehske, 6-3, 6-2; Renato Assuncao (AU) def. Henrique Rodrigues, 6-2, 6-1; Marc Pibernat (AU) def. Hunter Beal (TC), 6-1, 6-2.