ATLANTA, GA – Milligan showed their experience and played clutch tennis down the stretch in the rematch from the 5-4 slugfest with the Skyhawks just two weeks ago in Valley, Ala. In that match, the Skyhawks had a lead coming out of doubles and couldn't hang on in singles. Friday, the Skyhawks had made some adjustments in the singles lineup and felt confident they had the answers needed, but this time around Milligan held a 2-1 lead coming out of doubles and that momentum was enough to snag the 5-2 win, playing to decision.
Though the doubles matches were great, competitive matches that were evenly played on courts one and two, about mid way through the sets the Buffs started to pull away and Point just couldn't get back on track. The Skyhawks dominated Milligan on court 2 in the first match, but Jackson Lenoir from Milligan was playing great tennis in both doubles and singles and he was mentioned by Coach Doug Carter as a reason for the difference in result. On court three, Daniel Blanchard (Peachtree City, Ga – FR) and Zach Sheeler (Thomasville, Ga – FR) were down early, but fought back to get to a tiebreaker against Friddell and Delozier, winning 9-8 (7-3).
On the singles side, Alonso Trevizo (El Paso, Tex – FR) quickly finished off Alex Delozier 6-1, 6-2 to tie the overall match at 2. Then the Buffalo stampede started as courts 2, 3, and 4 were all coming to a close in a negative fashion on this day for the Skyhawks. Point was leading on court 1 and 5, but when playing to decision matches stop where they are when a team cannot come back to win.
The Skyhawks will have 2 make-up matches against Tuskegee University on Wednesday at 11AM, and then will take part in the NCCAA tennis regional this weekend at Valdosta.
Tennis Match Results
Apr 11, 2014 at Atlanta, GA
#4 MILLIGAN COLLEGE - MEN 5, #5 POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN 2
1. Matias Yanez (MILGN-M) vs. Rafa Hewett (POI-M) 4-6, 3-5, unfinished
2. Colin Bumann (MILGN-M) def. Ben Markowski (POI-M) 6-2, 6-1
3. Fernando Gonzalez (MILGN-M) def. Zach Sheeler (POI-M) 6-3, 6-1
4. Jackson Lenoir (MILGN-M) def. Daniel Blanchard (POI-M) 6-4, 6-0
5. Caleb Friddell (MILGN-M) vs. Andrew Hays (POI-M) 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
6. Alonso Trevizo (POI-M) def. Alex Delozier (MILGN-M) 6-1, 6-2
POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN overall season record 10-11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,2,3,4)