Tennis (M)

Men's Tennis drops 5-4 decision to Mars Hill in SAC Tournament


   SALISBURY, NC -- Mars Hill defeated host Catawba 5-4 in an opening round match of the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Johnson Tennis Center.  The Lions improve to 9-9 and advance to a Friday semifinal to be held at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN.  Catawba falls to 18-6.
The Lions took a 2-1 lead after doubles with a key 9-8 win at #1 as Diego Rodriguez and John Allen defeated the Catawba team of Jose Velazquez and Drew Ramsey.  Mars Hill picked up singles wins by Rodriquez at #1 and Allen at #2, while the Indians claimed wins by Geoff Fouad at #4, Andrew Sufficool at #5 and Ramsey at #6 to even the match at 4-4.

The match was decided at the #3 position between Mars Hill’s Oscar Gomez and Catawba’s Jonathan Hack.  Hack battled back from a 5-3 deficit to win the second set in a tie-breaker, but Gomez took the third set tie-breaker for the deciding point.


MEN’S MATCH RESULTS
MARS HILL 5, CATAWBA 4
        
Singles
#1  Diego Rodriguez (MH) d. Jose Velazquez     6-3, 6-1
#2  John Allen (MH) d. Sean Soltan    6-4, 7-6
#3  Oscar Gomez (MH) d. Jonathan Hack     6-2, 6-7, 7-6
#4  Geoff Fouad (C) d. Marco Castaneda    6-0, 6-2
#5  Andrew Sufficool (C) d. Andrew Waldrop     6-4, 6-1
#6  Drew Ramsey (C) d. Drew Belton    6-3, 6-2

Doubles
#1 Rodriguez/Allen (MH) d. Velazquez/Ramsey    9-8
#2 Soltan/Fouad (C) d. Castaneda/Waldrop    8-1
#3 Gomez/Bobby Roddy (MH) d. Hack/Sufficool    8-5
RECORDS: Mars Hill 9-9; Catawba 18-6.

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