SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011
Men’s tennis beats Belmont for conference win
A lack of doubles competition didn’t deter the JU men’s tennis team. When rain forced play to move indoor, the Dolphins posted a strong collective showing in singles play to defeat Belmont, 4-1, in an Atlantic Sun matchup on Friday at the Wildwood Club.
JU snapped an eight-match losing streak to improve to 3-12. The Dolphins won in second, third, fourth and fifth singles for its first conference win of the season to move to 1-5 against the ASun. The Bruins fell to 0-9 and 0-6.
Belmont started the match with momentum when Rodrigo Amaral outlasted sophomore Jose Fantova in three sets, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Fantova fell to 9-6 on the season, though his loss would mark the Bruins only victory.
Fellow sophomore Fernando Bano Lopez swung the pendulum back to JU’s favor with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Matos from the second spot. Lopez has won three in a row to move to 9-4.
Freshmen Lance Lvovksy and Larry Condez also tallied wins to secure JU’s victory. Lvovsky cruised past Bruno Silva in straight sets and Condez lost just six total games in a 6-3, 6-3 win over Felipe Cirne Lima from the fourth-singles spot.
Junior Matthew Hansen added a cushion with a blowout 6-0, 6-0 win against Christopher Bates from the fifth position.
JU sophomore Logan Shalmi’s sixth-singles match against Jonathan Murrell was unfinished and doubles play was eliminated due to time since the contest ended late at night thanks to the smaller number of indoor courts available.
The Dolphins will next be in action in Tennessee with a conference meeting at Lipscomb on Saturday. JU’s men’s team is scheduled to start play at 10 a.m.