Men’s Tennis Collects Wins Over Roanoake, Waynesburg Tuesday

Men’s Tennis Collects Wins Over Roanoake, Waynesburg Tuesday

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's tennis team broke into the win-column with victories over Roanoke and Waynesburg Tuesday.

The Lions climb to 2-4 on the season with the wins. The Maroons drop to 0-2 overall while the Yellow Jackets fall to 1-5 on the year with the results.

In the matinee match, Eastern Nazarene rolled past Roanoke 8-1.

The Lions established a 3-0 lead with three victories in doubles play.

Laurent Ruttkowski (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) and Henry Siercke (Hamburg, Germany) downed Jack Doriss and Jack Fishwick 8-5 at the top doubles spot.

Sven Grunenwald (Winden, Germany) and Diego Rodriguez (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) blanked Hunter Adams and Grayson White 8-0 at the No. 2 position.

Kyle Pierson (Redding, Calif.) and Alberto Escobar (Sevilla, Spain) topped Thomas Hodges and Michael Morrell at the third slot, 8-3.

Eastern Nazarene notched five singles wins to secure its first-ever victory over the Maroons.

Siercke defeated Fishwick 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 1 position while Escobar cruised past Doriss at the third spot 6-0, 6-1.

Rodriguez claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win at the fourth slot over Hodges. Carlos Gomez (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) breezed by Morrel 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth singles match. Baldo Karinja (Zadar, Croatia) earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Adams at the No. 6 position in his collegiate debut.

Roanoke's lone win came at the No. 2 singles spot as White downed Ruttkowski 7-5, 6-0.

In the nightcap, Eastern Nazarene swept Waynesburg 9-0 in the first-ever matchup.

Ruttkowski and Siercke coasted past Conor Cassidy and Joey English 8-1 at the No. 1 doubles position.

Rodriguez and Grunenwald posted an 8-2 win at the second spot over Tanner McKnight and Frank Sullivan.

Escobar and Pierson blanked Keaton Moorehead and Trevor Kotchman 8-0 at the No. 3 slot.

Siercke notched a 6-1, 6-4 victory over English at the top singles spot while Escobar rolled past Cassidy 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 position.

Gomez registered a 6-0, 6-0 victory over McKnight in his first match at the No. 3 singles spot and Pierson defeated Sullivan 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 slot.

Grunenwald and Karinja cruised to straight-set wins at the fifth and sixth singles positions, respectively.

Up next, Eastern Nazarene is slated to take on NAIA's Spring Arbor March 4.