Creighton men’s tennis dropped a 5-1 decision Tuesday as they faced off against Wichita State in Kansas City.

In only their third match of the season, the Jays fell to a 1-2 record. The lack of matches seemed to be a factor on the day when compared to their opponent, who was playing in their ninth match as they improved to a 6-3 record on the season.

Still figuring out their tempo from the offseason, the Jays played some tight matches on the day that they couldn’t close.

The Shockers secured the doubles point to start the dual with victories at the lower two doubles spots, edging the Jays with 6-2 and 6-3 victories.

Bluejay senior Mac Mease offered his team its only victory on the day as he battled through three sets to close it out in a third set tiebreaker (7-5, 1-6, 11-9) at the No. 5 singles spot.

Other close matches at No. 2 and No. 4 singles kept the Bluejays in the running but weren’t pulled off in the end.

At No. 2, junior Stratton Brown pulled off a 6-4 first set finish then fell with the same score in the second before Wichita State closed the match with a 6-2 decision in the third. In a similar fashion, junior Jose Oscar Diaz took his first set 6-2 and then dropped the following sets 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 singles spot.

Following the match, head coach Tom Lilly recognized the strength of Wichita State and wasn’t feeling discouraged on his guys’ level of play. With a range of close matches Lilly said he thinks his team can build off the day and the tough sets to keep improving for the season.

The Bluejays next face off at UNO on Friday.

The Mavericks will enter the match with a 0-3 start to the season.

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