ATHENS, Tenn. - The 10th-ranked Union men's tennis team opened Appalachian Athletic Conference play with an impressive 8-1 win at No. 23 Tennessee Wesleyan, extending their conference win streak to 33 matches.
Union has not lost to a conference opponent since April 29, 2006, when it dropped a 5-1 decision to Virginia Intermont in the NAIA Region XII Tournament championship match.
The match against Tennessee Wesleyan took two days to compete. It began on Monday but was suspended with Union leading 4-0 when a severe thunderstorm hit. The match resumed Tuesday with Union completing the 8-1 victory.
With the win, Union is 12-4 overall and 1-0 in the AAC. Tennessee Wesleyan is now 7-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Union swept the doubles matches, winning 8-5, 8-1 and 9-8 (8-6).
In singles action, three of the six matches required three sets. Nicolas Ernst (Rietheim, Germany) had his hands full with Juan Barciella Estevez but finally pulled out the 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-2 victory. Pierre Vernin (Le Coteau, France) also need three sets to get the win, defeating 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The lone point for Tennessee Wesleyan came when Nick Fynn edged Fredrik Graaner (Stavanger, Norway) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Bartos Micher (Junginen, Germany) scored the match-clinching win with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Tanner Stancil.
Union returns to action Saturday when it plays host to Milligan (Tenn.) in another AAC battle. Match time is set for 2 p.m.