The ORU men’s tennis team lost back-to-back matches this past weekend, but not without several individuals setting personal winning streaks.
ORU fell 4-3 against St. Louis University on Saturday night. The team lost to SIU-Edwardsville, 5-1, on Sunday morning.
Freshman Jan Pehnec won Saturday in three sets to give him a four-match winning streak.
“I’m playing much better, and I feel better on the court than last semester,” Pehnec said. “Those four wins in a row are a big thing for me but team success is more important so I don’t give any attention to that.”
That streak snapped Sunday in a three-set match. Pehnec won the first set 6-3, but dropped the last two. He is on a three-match winning streak with teammate Alejandro Capdequi in doubles play. The duo won both matches last weekend.
The doubles team of Ciaran Lavers and Amar Saletovic is creating success of its own.
They won a third straight doubles match on Saturday, but lost on Sunday, placing their record at 3-2 this season.
“We played just solid doubles, no silly errors on the net and made every ball count especially when it came to returning,” Lavers said of their Saturday victory. “I think if we keep this style up we should do very well as a pair this season.”
The duo is playing aggressive tennis and are attacking opponents from the net.
“Amar and I have been really working on our combination and improving on our control at the net with moving forward and doing what we need to in order to win a point,” Lavers said. “We have tried really hard to transfer that idea into our matches, and this is what I think has been really important to our doubles success.”
The Golden Eagles won two doubles matches on Saturday to strike first. St. Louis fought back to win four singles matches and take the overall victory.
Capdequi lost a three-set-match as the No. 2 seed.He claimed the second set 6-3, but lost the first and third sets.
Michael Sosnowski took a straight-sets victory, 6-4, 7-6, to give ORU its third point of the day.
The Golden Eagles had a rough time Sunday. Saletovic won the No. 2 singles match, 6-3, 6-3, for his third win of the season.
Pehnec and Capdequi grabbed the only other win in the No. 1 doubles match.
Next up for ORU is a match against Kansas City this afternoon. The team will play at the Shadow Mountain Racquet Club in Tulsa at 2:30 p.m.