BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's tennis hosted its first home match of the season, but the confines were not too friendly to the Bulldogs as visiting Asbury (Ky.) left with the 7-2 decision on Friday.
The loss puts Union at 0-2 on the season, while Asbury is now 1-2 overall.
"The boys put up a good fight and represented the school as true Bulldogs," said coach Roscoe Moonieyan. "They fought all they way to the end of the match even though the end result was known before it was all over."
The Eagles took an early 3-0 advantage by sweeping the doubles matches. Union's No. 1 doubles team of Louis Molina and Eric Mikhlin nearly stole a point, battling Scott Layton and Nesbert Vaval to a 8-5 outcome. Asbury won the other two doubles matches by the scores of 8-2 and 8-0.
Molina and Mikhlin continued their strong play in singles action as they won their matches. In No. 1 singles, Molina bested Layton 6-2, 6-2, while Mikhlin had to battle for his point. Vaval took the first set 6-3, but Mikhlin evened the match with a 6-3 decision in the second set. Mikhlin then won the tiebreaker 8-6 to give the Bulldogs the point.
Asbury, however, won the final four singles matches to capture the 7-2 win.
Union will next play on March 18 when it plays host to No. 23 Campbellsville (Ky.). Match time is set for 3 p.m.