Cobras too much for the Eagles

Cobras too much for the Eagles

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Carson-Newman men's tennis continues to struggle with consistency throughout an entire match as they fall to the Coker Cobras 7-0 in Hartsville, S.C. on Saturday. 

"They guys won No. 1 doubles, but weren't close in the other two," Coach Jim Frederick said. "We got leads in singles but couldn't hold them, it's a consistent problem."

Gabriel Dabdab (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Rintaro Oka (Narita, Japan) came out on top at No. 1 doubles against Melwin Krall and Isaac Sturgess 6-2. The following doubles matches struggles on the eagles side as they both finished with the same score. Hernan Toledo (Santiago, Chile) and Jesus Bacete-Sanz (Madrid, Spain) fell to Justus Lehmann and Isaac MacMillan 6-2 while Joey Stiles (New Oxford, Penn.) and Victor Ireno (Sau Paulo, Brazil) dropped their match against Hunter Horton and Pablo Gonzalo Saul 6-2 as well.

Heading into the singles side of competition behind 1-0, the Eagles were unable to even take a singles match into three sets. At No. 1, Toledo fell to Krall 6-4, 6-4 while Dabdab fought in his first set but ultimately fell to Horton at No. 2 7-6, 6-4. 

At No. 3, Oka battled against Lehmann but fell 6-3, 6-4 and Marc Bantel (Urbach, Germany) came in for singles play but couldn't get the win against Sturgess and was defeated 6-4, 6-4.

Rounding out the singles competition at the bottom of the lineup, Bacete showed good effort like Dabdab in his first set but couldn't keep up falling 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5. Coming in at No. 6 for the Eagles, Ireno dropped his match to Gonzalo Saul 6-1, 6-3.

The Eagles continue to look for another win to add to their record and they will be back in action at home next Wendesday against Mars Hill. For more information and updates check back on

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