Ada — SPRINGFIELD, MO. – The East Central University men’s tennis team dropped its opening matches of the 2014 season to No. 29 Drury (0-9) and Washburn (4-5).
The Tigers saw singles wins from senior Julian Caminos and freshman Stefan Schodlbauer. ECU also saw doubles victories by juniors Max DeJuan and Marc Fillat at No. 2 doubles and junior Nate Kipping and Schodlbauer at No. 3 doubles.
The Tigers will next be in action, Friday, Feb. 14 when they are set to face Newman and Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
Match 2 - Washburn 5, East Central 4
ECU started the match on the right track, taking two of the three doubles points. After No. 1 doubles fell, Kipping and Schodlbauer earned a 9-8 (7-2) win over Chance joust and Jake Long at No. 3 doubles. DeJuan and Fillat then gave the Tigers the lead, with an 8-6 win over Thilo Schlenker and Marko Keulers at No. 2 doubles.
Caminos pushed the lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Schlenker at No. 3 singles. However, Washburn took the next four singles points to earn the win. After the match was decided, Schodlbauer added a fourth point for ECU, with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Long at No. 6 singles.
Match 1 – No. 29 Drury 9, East Central 0
While the Tigers fell in all three doubles matches, all three duos were close scores. Senior Andrew Cabato and Caminos were the first to finish at No. 1 doubles, falling 8-3 to Andy Blair and Sergio Manaznas. Schodlbauer and Kipping then fell 8-5 at No. 3 doubles to Christian Ibsen and Jakub Sipos.
The finals duo at doubles was a tighter battle, with Fillat and DeJuan falling to Lukas Kriem and Maximilian Hepp 9-8 (7-4) at No. 2 doubles.
In singles action two ECU players went into tie-breaker sets with the Panthers. Caminos fell 6-2 in the opening set before earning a 6-3 win in set two. Caminos then fell 11-7 in the tie-breaker to Sipos at No. 3 singles.
Cabato was strong at No. 4 singles against Ibsen. Cabato took the first set 7-5 before falling 4-6 and 7-10 in the next two.