Men's Tennis Loses to Georgia Southern 4-3
After a competitive day of matches, the Mercer men's tennis team drops to 0-2 in the young season after losing to in-state rival Georgia Southern 4-3 on Saturday.
In doubles play, the No. 3 doubles team made up of freshman twin brothers Arnav Mohanty and Arsav Mohanty were able to pull out a win against their opponents Matthijs Verdam and Rafael Racy in a dominant 8-2 fashion earning their first doubles win of the season.
With the doubles point on the line, it came down to the No. 1 doubles team made up of junior Joao Pagan and senior Victor Dias. In what was one of the most competitive matches of the day, Pagan and Dias were unable to come out on top losing the match to Oliver Webb and Andrew Dromsky in a tie-break 9-8 (7-5).
Mercer fared better in singles play. In the No. 1 position Arnav Mohanty lost to the Eagles' Matthijs Verdam in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-4).
Freshman Anderson Scarpa defeated his opponent Andrew Dromsky at the No. 2 singles position in two sets winning the first set 6-4 and winning the second set in a tie-break 7-6 (14-12).
Joao Pagan lost his match at the No. 3 singles position in two sets (6-1, 6-1).
The No. 4 singles position produced another competitive three-set match featuring Vincent DeLise. After losing the first set 6-3, DeLise was able to power through and handily win the next two sets (6-3, 6-2).
Arsav Mohanty won his match at the No. 5 singles position in two sets (6-2, 6-1).
Tied at 3-3, Mercer and Georgia Southern were left to watch the No.6 match featuring Austin Emmet. After winning the first set 6-4 and losing the second set in a tie-break 7-6 (7-5), Emmet was unable to rally back in the third set losing 6-0.
The Mercer men's tennis team travels to Coastal Carolina tomorrow Jan. 27 to take on the Chanticleers. Matches begin at 1 p.m.