Men’s tennis knocks off Rochester

Eagles hand Yellowjackets first defeat of the season in 4-2 victory.

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

Biola was back at home yet again for a matchup against 9-0 Rochester University on Thursday afternoon. At the end of the day, it was the Eagles who prevailed, breaking the Yellowjackets’ undefeated streak with an impressive 4-2 win.

No. 2 doubles got Biola off to a good start with a convincing 6-1 win from juniors Derek James and Erik Martinez. At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Quentin Lau and Logan Blair fought hard but ultimately fell 6-4. The Eagles clinched the doubles point at No. 3 with a 6-4 comeback win from senior David Garcia and freshman Edwyn Ramos.

“We changed a few things and tried some new strategies that coach wanted us to do,” James said. “A big thing was we made a lot of returns and were able to break a few times to get the easy win.”

James continued his dominance in singles, remaining perfect on the season with a quick 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 3 spot. Garcia finished shortly after with a big 6-0, 6-2 win. Lau fell in the No. 5 spot 6-3, 6-2, and freshman Andres Meneses lost 6-2, 6-4 on the No. 4 court.

“I know they were undefeated, but I’m also undefeated, so that was a little motivation to make sure that I was gonna win that,” James said.

The final singles win for the Eagles came at No. 2 as Blair took a hard-fought 6-0, 7-5 victory to clinch the match for Biola and hand Rochester their first loss of the season.

“I think we played really well. The doubles was really big for us to be able to pull that one out,” Goodman said. “In singles I thought we played well where we needed to play well and were focused and took care of business.”

Biola (6-4) will head south on Saturday to take on Point Loma Nazarene University at 12 p.m.

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