Evansville, IN – Taking the courts for the first time this spring, the Austin Peay State (APSU) University men’s tennis team dropped its season-opening match to Belmont 7-0, Saturday, at the Evansville Tennis Center.
Belmont (2-0) took the early lead after winning all three doubles matches.
Austin Peay’s (0-1) sophomore pairing of Tom Bolton and Giovanni Becchis fell 6-1 on the No. 1 court, while freshmen Aeneas Schaub and Javier Tortajada fell in their first doubles match together. Sophomore Hogan Stoker and Bodi van Galen – making his collegiate debut – dropped a 6-3 decision from the No. 3 position.
After dropping his first set to Belmont’s Niklas con Hellens, von Galen won the second set, 6-2, but fell 10-3 in the 10-point tiebreaker.
After falling in first-set tiebreakers, Becchis and Schaub each dropped their second sets from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively.
Results vs. Belmont
1. Marko Ilic/Riccardo Trione (BEL) def. Tom Bolton / Giovanni Becchis (APSU) 6-1
2. Jack Randall/Alfred Wallin (BEL) def. Aeneas Schaub / Javier Tortajada (APSU) 7-5
3. Tomas Luis/Ian Cruz (BEL) def. Hogan Stoker / Bodi van Galen (APSU) 6-3
1. Marko Ilic (BEL) def. Giovanni Becchis (APSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. Tomas Luis (BEL) def. Aeneas Schaub (APSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
3. Ian Cruz (BEL) def. Tom Bolton (APSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Riccardo Trione (BEL) def. Javier Tortajada (APSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Niklas von Hellens (BEL) def. Bodi van Galen (APSU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-3
6. Gabriel Sardo (BEL) def. Thiago Nogueira (APSU) 6-2, 6-2
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Next Up For APSU Men’s Tennis
The Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team prepares for a quick turnaround when it hosts Oakland City on Sunday in a 2:00pm match at the Evansville Tennis Center in Evansville, Indiana.