Doubles Changes Sparks Men's Tennis in Victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Doubles Changes Sparks Men's Tennis in Victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire

GEORGETOWN, Texas – After struggling in doubles over the last few matches, the Southwestern University Pirates men's tennis team found new life with changes across the board, sweeping doubles and riding the momentum to defeat the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 7-2.

Hunter Bajoit stayed in the No. 1 spot in doubles and teamed with Carlos Esteban Rodero to make quick work of Zach Janssen and Grant Mauthe 8-3. Alexis Dimanche and Dean Dulthummon play a tight match with Matt Christensen and Daniel Schoen in the No. 2 spot, prevailing 8-5. Alexander Joseph, previously working with Dulthummon in the second spot, joined Vesko Lekovic for a convincing 8-1 win over Renan Barros and Adam Burk in the No. 3 spot.

"We switched up all three Doubles teams and was so refreshing for us to sweep after being swept the last two matches in Doubles," Head Coach Billy Porter said.

Dimanche, the reigning SCAC Player of the Week, defeated Janssen in straight sets in the first spot 6-1 and 6-3. Joseph and Rodero also took victories in straight sets in the No. 3 and 6 spots but Max Pearson fell in three sets in the No. 5 spot to Mauthe and Christensen defeated Bajoit in the No. 2 spot in three sets.

"Hunter lost a tough match but I think it's exactly what he needed to learn his discipline and decision-making has to be smarter if he wants to convert those types of matches," Porter said.

Dulthummon clinched the match for the Pirates, winning 6-3 and 6-4.

"Dean continues to be our clincher and his experience is really paying off so far when we need him the most," Porter said.

With the win, the Pirates improve to 10-3 this season and 4-0 at home, breaking a two-game losing streak. Southwestern will hit the road for a match in San Antonio against Trinity on Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.