Biola lost at sea against Sea Lions

Men’s tennis drops another match, extending losing streak to three games.

The occasion was the 31st annual National Hispanic Conference, which was held Saturday at Biola.

Kyle Kohner, Writer

The Eagles men’s tennis team had some especially close sets in singles. Unfortunately, the Eagles dropped eight matches against the overpowering Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions on March 12.  With the loss, the Eagles tumble to 4-7 overall on the season.

Doubles had a tough day on Saturday. The Sea Lions kept the Eagles at bay by sweeping Biola in doubles. The Eagles’ number three doubles team Garcia and Vartuli lost their match 1-8. The number two duo of Turnquist and Westwood slipped in their match by losing 1-8. The number one pair of Lee and Mountain had the closest match in doubles, but had similar results, faltering 4-8.

It was an even rougher yet closely contested day in singles. Sophomores and number one and two singles Lucas Lee and Phillip Westwood turned in competitive matches. Westwood lost his first set 7-6(7-4) a in tie-breaker. Lee turned in the lone win for Biola by winning his first set tiebreaker 7-6(7-5). Both players’ second set scores were not as close. Westwood lost 3-6, but Lee pulled through with a win 6-3. Junior number three singles Luke Mountain dropped his match in two sets with a 2-6 first set score. Mountain’s second set score was 4-6. Sophomore Joe Turnquist lost his singles match 1-6, but played furiously in a 5-7 second set loss. Sophomore number five singles David Garcia could not break the Sea Lions’ hot play as he dropped his first set 2-6, but like Turnquist played them competitively in the second, 5-7. Finally, sophomore number six singles Michael Vartuli also lost in two sets 1-6, 0-6.

Lee is having a phenomenal season in singles as his first set singles score moved him to 8-3 individually on the season.

Biola’s next match will be at home on Tuesday, March 15 versus Principia College. With the loss, Biola falls to 4-7, their third straight loss.

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