SIUE Men Get Spring Break Trip Off to Strong Start
FT. MYERS, Fla. - SIUE men's tennis got its spring break trip off to a great start Tuesday with a 6-1 triumph over South Dakota State.
"It was a total team effort. Everyone played well," said SIUE Head Coach Jason Coomer. SIUE and South Dakota State met on the Florida Gulf Coast tennis courts.
Jacob Tanulanond captured the clinching point for the Cougars with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Marin at No. 5 singles.
SIUE, now 2-5, swept five of six singles matches and took the doubles point with wins on all three doubles courts.
"I was very pleased with the determination of this team. Conditioning obviously paid off in the offseason because we had four matches go three sets," said Coomer.
Marten Jonsson collected a three-set victory at No. 1 doubles with a 6-2, 7-6 (4-6), 6-4 win over Justin Pyle at No. 1 singles. Morten Christensen at No. 2 singles defeated Dominic Rossetto in the third set when Rossetto defaulted. Nicolas Vincent downed James Thorp at No. 4 singles. 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Stephen Washuta was the lone Cougar to win in straight sets. His No. 6 singles victory was 6-4, 6-4 over Christian Maki.
"Stephen stepped up to the challenge today. He set the tone by playing aggressive," added Coomer.
The Cougars next face host Florida Gulf Coast in a 1 p.m. ET match.