Photo Courtesy of Tim Downer, NKU Athletic Photographer
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's tennis collected another big win Thursday as the Bulldogs defeated NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 7-2. LMU is the 47th-ranked team in NCAA Division II.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs fell 9-0 to the LMU women.
For the men's team, the win was the fifth in a row to put the Bulldogs at 7-3 on the year. The LMU men are now 3-3. Union is 3-0 against NCAA Division II competition.
Union won two of the three doubles matches, all of which were close and hard-fought. Nicolas Ernst (Rietheim, Germany) and Pierre Vernin (Le Coteau, France) squeeked out a 9-7 win over Phillipp Hoffmann and Tom Goossens, who are the 29th-ranked double duo in NCAA Division. Alexey Minevskiy and Marcelo Alvim notched an 8-6 decision over Yvon Haessig (Vancouver, Canada) and Fredrick Graaner (Stavanger, Norway).
In the final doubles match, Bartos Micher (Junginen, Germany) and Lucas Oliveira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) battled back from a 5-4 deficit to defeat Stefan Hall and Michael Koenen 8-5.
In singles play, Ernst pulled out a three-set win over Hoffman by the scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Haessig blew past, Minevskiy 6-2, 6-0, but Vernin came out on the short of the ledger as Alvim posted the 7-6 (13-11), 7-6 (10-8) decision.
Micher recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win over Koenen, Graaner won 7-5, 7-5 over Goossens, and Oliveira picked up a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Hall.
In the women's match, LMU dominated from start to finish in collecting the 9-0 victory.
The win improves LMU to 5-1 on the year, while Union is now 0-5.
LMU swept the doubles matches by the scores of 8-1, 8-0 and 8-2.
In singles play, none of the Lady Railsplitters were really threatened. Patricia Nardy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had the best success of any Lady Bulldog, but she still lost 6-2, 6-1 to Shena Joseph.
Next up for the Union squads is NCAA Division III Centre (Ky.) on Wednesday at 3 p.m.