The L&C Trailblazers scored a 5-4 victory over Principia College (a Division III NCAA school) in their first match of the season at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Hexberg indoor center.
Nic Lancaster and Juan Bravo came from behind to win at #1 doubles and Tyler Kerley and Joe Hawkes stayed ahead of their opponents and won at #3 doubles.
Bravo made some key plays to hold on to two breaks of serve and win in two over a determined #1 opponent. Hawkes rebounded from a 1-6 first set to win a close second set and finish with a win in a tiebreaker 10-8 on the strength of some clutch serving. Lancaster sealed the victory with a solid performance - putting away an outmatched opponent in two quick sets. It was a great start to the season - good tennis and hustle were on display in every match.
LCCC 5, Principia 4
#1S: Juan Bravo won over Jason Wissman 6-3, 6-4
#2S: Neil Berkel lost to Paul Sanderude 6-1, 6-3
#3S: Joe Hawkes won over Weston Kalgeridis 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)
#4S: Alex Prusaczyk lost to Nate Waters 6-1, 6-2
#5S: Tyler Kerley lost to Kevin Hagenlocher 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(3)
#6S: Nic Lancaster won over Andy Rohrer 6-0, 6-2
#1D: Bravo/Lancaster won over Sanderude/Wissman 8-6
#2D: Berkel/Prusaczyk lost to Waters/Kalgeridis 8-2
#3D: Kerley/Hawkes won over Hagenlocher/Rohrer 8-6