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Men's Tennis drops SAC-opener at Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, TN -- The Tusculum College men's tennis team swept doubles play en route to picking up its second South Atlantic Conference win of the season in a 6-3 victory over Catawba College Saturday morning at the Nichols Tennis Complex. Tusculum improves its record to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the SAC. Catawba falls to 8-8 and 0-1. The matchup at No. 1 doubles was a tight affair with the team of freshman Pedro Galavis and sophomore Sergio Pantoja picking up a 9-7 win. Tusculum won 8-3 at No. 2 and 8-5 in the third pairing. The Pioneers clinched the victory in the top three singles battles, claiming all three wins. Galavis and Catawba sophomore Eric Noll battled to three sets as Galavis edged Noll 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. The Indians' Alvin Owusu rallied down a set to post a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Michael Hallford at No. 4. MEN'S MATCH RESULTS TUSUCLUM 6, CATAWBA 3 Singles 1 Roberto Robles (T) d. Jose Velasquez 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 2 Pedro Galavis (T) d. Eric Noll 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 3 Jesse Puckerin (T) d. David Argente 6-4, 7-5 4 Alvin Owusu (C) d. Michael Hallford 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 5 Geoff Fouad (C) d. Sergio Pantoja 6-3, 6-2 6 Andrew Sufficool (C) d. Julien Jacob 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Doubles 1 Galavis/Pantoja (T) d. Velasquez/Argente 9-7 2 Robles/Puckerin (T) d. Noll/Owusu 8-3 3 Hallford/Jacob (T) d. Fouad/Drew Ramsey 8-5 Records: Tusculum 9-4, 2-0 SAC; Catawba 8-8, 0-1 SAC #####

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