Doubles play the difference as men’s tennis loses to Belmont
Doubles play proved to be the difference for the second straight day as the JU men’s tennis team dropped another close contest, losing 4-3 to Mercer in an Atlantic Sun meeting on Saturday at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.

The Dolphins posted wins in second, third and fourth singles but lost the three other singles matches. Mercer won two out of three doubles matches to earn the additional team point that proved the difference. JU lost its eighth in a row to fall to 2-12 and 0-5 in conference play. Mercer improved to 7-8 and 4-2 against ASUN opponents.

JU also lost 4-3 the previous day to Kennesaw State. As in the Mercer contest, Kennesaw State also won two out of three doubles matches for the crucial team point that provided the winning margin.

Sophomore Fernando Bano Lopez continued his hot play, winning for the fourth time in five matches by cruising past Peter Tauchner, 6-1, 6-1 from the second singles spot. Freshmen Lance Lvovsky and Larry Condez recorded straight-set victories from the third and fourth spots, respectively.

The Dolphins also saw the tandem of Lopez and junior Matthew Hansen win in third doubles, 8-4. But Mercer won the first two doubles matches to take the overall match.

JU will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Belmont for a conference match at 10 a.m.