UWA men’s tennis wins 15th straight

Published 9:19 am Monday, April 15, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama men’s tennis team closed its regular season on a 15-match winning streak, shutting out Mississippi College, 9-0, Saturday at the Vaughn Tennis Complex.

The Tigers carry a 21-2 record and the No. 3 seed into the Gulf South Conference Tournament Saturday at the Olean Black Underwood Tennis Center on the Alabama State campus in Montgomery. UWA will play No. 6 North Alabama at 11 a.m. in the quarterfinal round.

“It was a great day for UWA tennis,” head coach Glen Fanelli said. “Both the men’s and women’s teams are heading into the conference tournament with some momentum and positive energy.”

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After sweeping the doubles competition, West Alabama won all six singles matches in straight sets, highlighted by Sim Bardell’s 6-0, 6-0 win over Andrew Tisdale at No. 6. Bardell finished the spring season undefeated at 20-0.

Kike Ruiz also picked up his 20th win of the season by beating Dudley Lampton 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4 and Anton Ivanov earned his 100th career victory at UWA by downing Jacob Womack 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match.

Nestor Vargas took care of Christian Branning 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, Honorio Fernandez beat Matthew Martin 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 and Adam Drysdale was a 6-2, 6-3 winner of Taylor Griffith at No. 5 singles.

Ivanov and Drysdale beat Martin and Lampton, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles, while Vargas and Ruiz defeated Womack and Griffin in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Fernandez and Manuel Grossmann capped off a doubles sweep with an 8-1 decision over Branning and Andrew Tisdale.