The Stetson men’s tennis team dropped to 3-4 on the season with a 5-2 loss to visiting South Alabama at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon.
“South Alabama was the better team today," Stetson associate head coach Christophe Noblet said. "They came out strong in doubles and carried the momentum over to the singles. We kept fighting until the end though and I am proud of the guys for that.”
The Jaguars jumped on the Hatters out of the gate, winning the first two doubles matches to secure the first point of the day. Stetson junior Chester Espie and sophomore Laurynas Antropikas were tied 5-5 at the number two doubles position before the match went unfinished.
South Alabama extended its lead to 3-0 after winning in straight sets at the number five and six singles courts. Espie finally got Stetson on the board when he won 6-3, 6-4 at number four singles to make it 3-1 in favor of the Jaguars.
The Hatters lost at the one and three position, but took one final point to make the final score 5-2. Antropikas won 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 at number two singles to earn his fourth singles win of the season.
Stetson will continue non-conference action on Friday, playing host to Presbyterian at 9:00 a.m.
“Presbyterian on Friday will be another good match and we need to be ready for it,” Noblet concluded.