Men’s tennis takes first program win over Hawaii Hilo

The Eagles earned doubles and singles victories against the Vulcans.

Amanda Frese, Managing Editor

Men’s tennis traveled to Hawaii, taking on the University of Hawaii Hilo Vulcans—named the No. 4 team in the nation by the ITA NCAA DII Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Eagles defeated the Vulcans in their first program win over Hawaii Hilo, 5-2. Biola showed dedication in both singles and doubles matchups, earning victories across their matches. 

DOUBLES VICTORIES 

The Eagles secured victories in two out of three doubles matches. Junior Sebastian Herrera and graduate student Carlos Soloranzo led the team by taking a win in their first doubles matchup for the No. 2 spot, 6-2. However, the Vulcans won the next doubles match in the No. 1 spot, taking a narrow victory by one point, 7-6. In the final doubles matchup in the No. 3 court, freshman Tomas Gomez and sophomore Callen Hein added an opening point for the Eagles, securing a two-point victory, 8-6. 

SINGLES MATCHUPS

The Vulcans responded to the Eagles’ consistent play in the doubles matchups by taking the first victories of the singles matchups. However, Biola secured back-to-back singles victories, ultimately taking the win for the Eagles. Redshirt junior Antonio Rosales Verola took the first victory for the Eagles in the No. 3 court, recording a 6-3, 6-3 win. Redshirt sophomore Alex Sedano gave Biola a 3-1 advantage, securing a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the No. 6 court. 

Though the Vulcans managed to score one more point on the singles court, redshirt junior Alexei Prokopchuk played three sets to push the Eagles to a victory, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. 

Men’s tennis (3-0) will continue their Hawaii road trip, facing off against Hawaii Pacific University on Feb. 12 at the Kailua Racquet Club. Stats from this game are located on the Biola Athletics website.

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