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LAKELAND, Fla.—The Southeastern men’s tennis team picked up a couple of individual wins against fellow Sun Conference member St. Thomas University, but the Fire were unable to get the overall victory, dropping the match to the Bobcats 7-2.
Felipe Barbosa and Thomas Ortega defeated their opponents 9-7 at No. 2 doubles to improve to 4-2 in league play; however, SEU was beaten in the remaining two doubles matches.
In singles competition, St. Thomas clinched the team win with triumphs in the 1-5 spots. Aaron Skingley stole a point for Southeastern by coming back to top his challenger in a three-set thriller. The senior from London, England notched 7-6 (12-10) and 10-3 wins in the second and third frames respectively after going down 6-3 in the first.
The men’s tennis team will look to secure their initial victory of the season in a home match against Judson University on Wednesday. Doubles contests are set to begin at 9 a.m. at Woodlake Tennis Center.
St. Thomas 7, Southeastern 2
Doubles
Kevin Cubela/Mauricio Fernandez (STU) beat Lucca Marcheschi/Pedro Bahnuik (SEU) 8-5
Felipe Barbosa/Thomas Ortega (SEU) beat Rasmus Lindstrom/Francisco Velasquez (STU) 9-7
Dimitri Bird/Fabrice Bissainthe (STU) beat Hugo Pires/Aaron Skingley (SEU) 8-3
Singles
Kevin Cubela (STU) beat Lucca Marcheschi (SEU) 6-2, 6-1
Rasmus Lindstrom (STU) beat Felipe Barbosa (SEU) 6-0, 6-2
Francisco Velasquez (STU) beat Thomas Ortega (SEU) 6-4, 6-0
Dimitri Bird (STU) beat Hugo Pires (SEU) 6-1, 6-1
Fabrice Bissainthe (STU) beat Pedro Bahnuik (SEU) 6-3, 7-6
Aaron Skingley (SEU) beat Damian Etchevest (STU) 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), 10-3