HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's tennis team fell to NAIA's Cornerstone 6-1 Monday in the first match of the team's spring break trip to the Palmetto State.
The Lions slide to 0-4 on the year with the setback while the Golden Eagles improve to 5-3 overall with the outcome.
Cornerstone registered two doubles wins to claim the doubles point and establish a 1-0 advantage.
Cornerstone tallied five singles victories to lock up its fifth win of the year.
Grunenwald posted Eastern Nazarene's lone singles victory, prevailing at the No. 6 position over Jacob Stegman in a third-set super-tiebreaker. After conceding the first set 7-5, Grunenwald bounced back to claim the second frame 6-4 before edging Stegman 10-8 in the super-tiebreaker to record his first singles win of the year.
Siercke fell to Jimenez in a third-set super-tiebreaker at the top singles spot. After Siercke notched a 7-5 win in the opening set, Jimenez cruised to a 6-1 victory in the second set before rolling to a 10-1 decision in the super-tiebreaker.
Escobar fell in a third-set super-tiebreaker to Cocoma in the third singles match. After Cocoma seized the first set 6-4, Escobar clawed back to capture the second 6-3. Cocoma answered with a 10-3 win in the third-set super-tiebreaker to net his team-leading seventh singles victory.
Yacuzio outlasted Carlos Gomez (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) in three sets in a hard-fought match at the No. 4 spot. Yacuzio prevailed 7-5 in a first-set tiebreaker before Gomez triumphed 7-1 in a second-set tiebreaker. In the third-set super-tiebreaker, Yacuzio topped Gomez 10-3.
Ruttkowski suffered a 6-4, 6-2 setback to Kanstantsin at the second slot while Kyle Pierson (Redding, Calif.) absorbed a 6-4, 7-5 loss at the No. 5 position to Howard.
Looking ahead, Eastern Nazarene will return to the courts for a pair of matches March 3. The Lions will face Roanoke in the morning before taking on Lebanon Valley in the evening.