Men’s tennis split its matches over the weekend during a road stretch in Wisconsin.
The weekend started with a 7-0 sweep at Green Bay on Friday. Although the Jays recorded a shut out, the score doesn’t represent the series of close matches from the day, including four pushing into a third set.
“I’m proud of how we competed in a tough environment on the road on some fast courts against a good team,” coach Tom Lilly said.
The day began with doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 2 to secure the doubles point. With a 1-0 advantage heading into singles, juniors Mac Mease and Joe Hoff handled their singles matches in straight sets at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions.
Fellow junior Jose Oscar Diaz was the first Jay to play a third set on the day as he dropped a distanced second before topping Kentaro Mizushima 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
In the only set tiebreaker of the dual, senior Daniel Lopez-Rey played a third set tiebreak to decide his match as he topped Lachlan Napier 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 5.
Juniors Stratton Brown and Jose Oscar Diaz also played three sets at Nos. 2 and 3.
Sophomore Nick Campbell rounded out the dual as he battled from a first set loss to defeat George Botha 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.
Despite the win, the momentum wasn’t enough for the same result on Saturday as the Jays dropped a 5-2 decision to Marquette.
The first of the Jays’ two victories came in the latter part of the day as Diaz defeated Fran San Andres in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Hoff contributed the other win at No. 6 against Brandon Shanklin. He closed the first set in a tiebreak and ended with a third set tiebreak to take the match 7-6, 2-6, 10- 7.
Although the only wins on the day, there were additional matches to remain close.
In his sixth consecutive three-set match, Brown dropped a close battle with a 10-5 loss in the final set tiebreak.
The Jays now have a break before playing four matches in Orlando in two weeks. The week will feature two Big East match-ups as they prep for April’s postseason.