Men's Tennis Claims Third Win

Feb 22, 2014

Freshman Gabriel Ruiz
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State men's tennis team claimed its third consecutive win Saturday (Feb. 22), defeating the visiting Lipscomb Bisons 5-2 at Sadler Courts.

The Eagles moved to 3-2, while LU dropped to 1-4.

MSU got doubles victories on courts one and three to nail down the opening point. On court one, senior Ji Hoon Heo teamed with freshman Jack Swindells for an 8-2 triumph against Miguel Cortez and Stuart Tierney. At No. 3, freshman Gabriel Ruiz and sophomore Giovanni Samaha ousted Daniel Hernandez and Nacor Ibanez 8-2. Sophomores Nick Mercer and Enrique Samudio absorbed an 8-6 setback to Rob Mitchell and David Salazar.

The hosts quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead when Lipscomb's No. 1 player, Salazar, sustained an injury diving for a drop shot hit by Swindells. Swindells was leading 3-0 in the first set when Salazar retired.

MSU also collected singles wins at Nos. two, five and six. Ruiz topped Ibanez 6-0, 6-1 on court six. Senior David Clifford edged Hernandez 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 5. Samaha rallied past Tierney 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 for the win at No. 2. On court three, Heo lost 6-4, 6-4 to Mitchell, and Mercer finally dropped a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 decision to Cortez on court four.

The Eagles are idle during the week before hosting Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.