TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
Men’s tennis team crushes Kennesaw State, 6-1, scrapes by Mercer, 4-3
The JU men’s tennis team turned in an impressive two-match performance, downing both Kennesaw State (6-1) and Mercer (4-3) this weekend.

The Dolphins improved their position in the A-Sun table in their playoff push as they now sit fifth in the standings with six teams qualifying.

“At Kennesaw, we played in a very hostile and often inappropriate environment,” said JU head coach Shane Wood. “Despite many non-tennis distractions we were extremely tough, both mentally and physically, and turned in our most complete team match of the year. We also found a great performance against Mercer. We played great in singles and doubles play and I’m extremely happy with our weekend.”

Against the Owls, the Dolphins started their match off on the right foot, taking the doubles point with victories from Hector Aguilar/Jose Fantova (9-7) and Victor Vaz/Pitt von Oertzen (8-5).

JU’s domination continued in the singles matches as the visitor’s took five contests in impressive form. No. 1 Victor Vaz dispensed of Simon Janik, 6-4, 7-5, while Fantova and Aguilar also turned in victories, 6-3, 6-3, and 7-6, 5-4 (ret.), respectively.

The bottom end of the order for JU also showed success in the form of wins from Jaime Esteban (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) and Pitt von Oertzen (7-6, 3-6, 6-0).

The Dolphins started their weekend of competition by edging out Mercer (6-6, 0-4 A-Sun), 4-3.

The men grabbed the momentum early, winning the first three singles matches in dominating fashion, before droping the next three.

In doubles, the Dolphins captured the first match in Macon, 9-7, before the team’s senior and freshman combo of Esteban and Logan Shalmi won the eventual decisive match. The duo fought hard as they put away Mercer’s Adam Hunt and David Barton, 9-8 (8-6).

The Dolphins are back in action in this weekend at the Watson Family Tennis Complex when they face Campbell and USC Upstate on Friday and Saturday respectively.