SEGUIN, Texas - The Southwestern University men's tennis team bounce back on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs on the road by the score of 9-0 at Varsity Tennis Courts in Seguin.
The Pirates set the tone early on, earning a 3-0 sweep at doubles. Senior David Strong and sophomore Tyler Norman won via retirement as they were leading 5-3 at court two. Sophomores Jeremy Wilson and Dean Dulthummon earned an 8-0 win at three doubles while senior Grant Gideon and sophomore Alexis Dimanche picked up an 8-2 win at one doubles.
"David was playing at an all time high in doubles and loved what he was doing today," said Head Coach Billy Porter.
In singles, both Dimanche and junior Alonso Fernandez moves to 8-4 in singles play as Dimanche won at one singles, 6-1, 6-0, while Fernandez was victorious at six singles, 6-0, 6-0. Norman earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at four singles while Dulthummon picked up his eighth win in nine singles matches, winning 6-2, 6-2 at three singles.
"Tyler played free and loose especially late in the second set," said Porter.
In the final two games, Gideon won a tough first set, 7-6, in a come-from-behind effort in the tiebreaker, and carried that momentum to a 6-2 second set victory for the win at two singles. Wilson dropped his first set, but grinded out a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win at five singles to complete the sweep.
"Jeremy and Grant both dug really deep to get wins," said Porter. "For Grant to be down 1-6 in breaker and get that first set was massive. Jeremy was down a set and break but stayed true to the game plan."
Southwestern moves to 7-6 overall on the season and is back at home tomorrow afternoon as they welcome in No. 31 Kalamazoo at 11 AM.