Men’s tennis takes heartbreaking loss after ruling change

Eagles battle all the way to third set tiebreaker, but fall to Colorado Mesa.

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Men’s tennis takes heartbreaking loss after ruling change

Photo by Aaron Zhang/ THE CHIMES

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Photo by Aaron Zhang/ THE CHIMES

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

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Biola returned home on Monday to take on Colorado Mesa University. The Eagles fought hard until the very end, but came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 loss that came down to a third set tiebreak.

The match of the day came at No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set, sophomore Logan Blair responded with a strong 6-2 win in the second. With the score 6-6 in the third and final set, the two players battled through a grueling tiebreak.

A chaotic series of events ensued with Blair up 6-5 on match point. CMU’s player called the ball out, but the referee appeared to call it in and the match done. The two players shook hands and the team stormed the court. Shortly after, though, several players from Mesa angrily approached the ref and the call was reversed. The two players battled hard until CMU eventually took the set, and the team win, 13-11 in the tiebreak.

Senior David Garcia and freshman Edwyn Ramos got the doubles matches started off well in the No. 3 spot with a quick 6-2 win. The Mavericks rallied, though, taking down juniors Derek James and Erik Martinez 6-2. The No. 1 duo of sophomores Logan Blair and Quentin Lau fell just short, losing 7-5 as Mesa took the doubles point.

“Every time we’ve lost two out of three in the doubles, we’ve lost the match. If we don’t come out really fired up in the doubles, it just makes things hard on us,” said head coach David Goodman.

Singles came next, and Ramos rolled to a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory on the No. 1 court. Ramos’ doubles partner Garcia followed him up with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 5. James then continued his undefeated singles season with a big 6-4, 6-3 victory.

“Honestly I was just tired of losing. Coach said he wanted someone else to step up, and I was really motivated by the way he said that. Today I just played well and I couldn’t be happier,” Ramos said.

At No. 4, Lau lost a close battle 6-2, 7-6 with a 7-3 score in the second set tiebreak. Martinez dropped a tough match after taking the first set 6-4, losing the next two sets 7-6, 6-0 before Blair’s heartbreaking tiebreak.

Biola now sits at 6-6 and will look to bounce back at home on Thursday against Ottawa University at 4 p.m.