Eagles grounded against the Hawks

Biola men’s tennis lose to potential future PacWest conference opponents 2-7.

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Despite the 2-7 match score the Eagles played tough and did not give in Friday against the Hawks. However, losing four tiebreakers, including three in singles, ultimately proved detrimental to the Eagles’ overall on the score cards.

The long day of tennis began with an apprehensive play in singles. Number six singles, sophomore David Garcia, lost in two sets, 2-6 and 4-6. Number five singles sophomore Joe Turnquist lost his first set 0-6, but tied it with a 6-2 win in the second set. Ultimately, Turnquist would drop the match with a 2-6 third set score.

Sophomore Michael Vartuli, number four singles, lost in two sets as well 0-6,1-6. Junior number three singles, Luke Mountain dropped his match in two sets with a 1-6 first set score. However, the second set was much more contested, resulting in a losing tie-breaker 6-7 (4-7).

Sophomore number two singles player Phillip Westwood put up a valiant effort but lost his match in two sets, going to a breaker in the first set 6-7 (5-7). The second set sealed Westwood’s day in singles play by dropping the set 4-6.

The last singles to finish was sophomore number one Lucas Lee. Lee hauled in the team's only singles win. In the first set, he took it to another Eagles tiebreaker, but won 7-6 (7-5). Lee would drop the second set 3-6. However, Lee pulled through in a ten point tiebreaker, winning 10-5.

Biola’s number three doubles team Garcia and Vartuli were on the losing end in their match, resulting a score of 1-8. The number two duo of Turnquist and Westwood put the Eagles in the win column by winning their closely contested match 8-6. The number one pair comprised of Lee and Mountain had the tightest and most exciting match of the day. The pair lost in a hard-fought tie-breaker, and the match score was 8-9 (5-7).

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