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The second-ranked Embry-Riddle men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the year with a decisive 8-1 victory over NCAA II No. 26 Flagler, Tuesday at the Flagler Tennis Center.
The Eagles’ quest for their second win of the year started with a sweep of all three doubles matches. Top-ranked Deni Zmak and Jaime Sanchez-Canamares dispatched Jose Martinez and Bruno Padilha 8-1 at the top spot, and Miguel Lopez Gomez and Luke de Caires bested Justen Louis and Hunter Hutcheson by the same score at the third position for the first two Eagle points. At No. 2 doubles, ERAU’s Carlos Becke and Fabian Zierlyn engaged in a tough battle with Brant Switzler and David Espinosa. That match-up required a tiebreaker to decide the outcome, and in the end, it was the ERAU tandem that pulled out the 9-8 with a 8-6 decision in the tiebreaker, giving the Blue and Gold a three-point lead.
The matches at the third through sixth singles positions were all two-set wins for Embry-Riddle, including the contest at the No. 6 spot where Rodolfo Arreygue downed John Bailey 6-2, 6-3 to score the clincher.
At the top singles spot, NCAA II No. 13 Jose Martinez took NAIA No. 1 Zmak to three sets, but the 10-point tiebreaker in the third set went to Zmak who won 6-2, 2-6, 10-5.
The Saints were able to avoid the shutout when Switzler topped Sanchez-Canamares 6-3, 6-3 on court two.
The Eagles will have an 11-day break before their next match, which will be in Lakeland, Fla. against NCAA II Florida Southern at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14