By: AJ Neuharth-Keusch
Radford University Men’s Tennis split their two matches this weekend, defeating Coastal Carolina 5-2 and falling to Winthrop 2-4.
In the first of the two matches, the defending Big South Champions traveled to RU to take on Nick Sayer and the Highlanders.
RU was more than ready for the challenge.
Although the Highs lost two of the three doubles matches, giving the Chanticleers the point for doubles, they stepped it up for the singles portion of the match.
Five of the six singles starters won their matches, all in straight sets. Sayer knocked off No. 75 Philippe Tsangaridis 6-4, 6-4, while Patrick O’Keefe, Aymeric Autones, Joe Mills, and Janken Thoen coasted to victories as well.
Autones gave Radford the final point of the match, resulting in a victory for RU. After trailing 5-4 in the first set, Autones battled back and won 7-5. The second set was won with more ease, as he recorded a 6-3 victory.
The win snapped a six match losing streak for RU. It gave them their second win of the season and an overall record of 2-9.
Head coach Mike Anderson told the media, “Our guys came ready to play today. I am encouraged to see us moving closer to our potential.”
The second match of the weekend didn’t turn out as well for the Highs.
After once again losing the doubles point, the Highs didn’t have nearly as much success in singles as they did against CCU.
However, despite losing the first singles match and giving Winthrop a 2-0 lead, RU made a comeback, tying the match at 2-2 with big singles victories from Sayer and Mills at the one and four positions.
But RU wasn’t able to hold on, as no. 5 and no. 6 Javier Waase and Thoen couldn’t prevail, giving Winthrop a 4-2-match victory.
The loss was the tenth on the season for RU, which gives them more losses than they’ve had in two of the past three seasons.
With the season in full swing and conference matches heating up, RU will have to step up their level of play if they have any hopes of making a run in the Big South Tournament.
RU will play their next match on Saturday, March 29 against UNC Asheville at the Radford University Tennis Complex.