MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
Men’s tennis falls to Winthrop
Despite a shakeup to the starting lineup, the JU men’s tennis team failed to keep up with Winthrop, dropping a 7-0 decision to the Eagles on Monday afternoon at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.

The Dolphins saw its losing streak extended to five in falling to 2-9 overall. Winthrop did not lose a single set in the contest, winning all 12 in singles competition and 15 in total in improving to 6-5.

Sophomore Andrew Lerner made just his third appearance of the season in singles play, drawing Nadav Ruppin from the fifth spot. Lerner battled Ruppin in the opening set before losing, 6-4, 6-0.

Fellow sophomore Pitt Von Oertzen also came off the bench in an attempt to spark the Dolphins. Von Oetzen challenged Yuta Hirokawa from the sixth singles position before losing, 6-4, 6-2. The match marked just the third time Von Oetzen has appeared in a match during the current campaign and the competition pitted the underclassman against a rival in Hirokawa who was named the Big South Conference’s “Freshman of the Week.”

But it was the reliable stalwarts that gave JU its best chance to gain an advantage over the Eagles. Jose Fantova battled Sergey Belov in back-to-back sets before losing a heart-breaker, 7-5, 7-6 in the top singles spot. Belov came in as his conference’s reigning “Player of the Week.”

Fantova, who has played at first or second singles in every match this year, is still 7-3 in his last 10 matches despite facing the opposition’s top talent on a consistent basis.

Freshman Larry Condez also registered a stellar effort from the second spot before losing to Dejon Bivens, 6-3, 6-4. Condez won seven games total in his first-ever appearance in second singles.

JU sat regulars Fernando Bano Lopez and Matthew Hansen. Logan Shalmi stayed in the lineup and saw Guy Kubi take the win in third singles.

The Dolphins also stayed competitive in the doubles portion but fell short in all three individual tandem competitions.

JU will try and earn its first win since March 1 when it hosts Marquette in a non-conference meeting on Wednesday at 2 p.m.