After weather wreaked havoc on the St. Catharine College Tennis Complex, the St. Catharine Patriots took the University of the Cumberland’s Patriots to the wire on Sunday.
The St. Catharine Patriots were able to get out of the gate quickly, when the “Columbian connection” of Sergio Mendoza (Columbia) and Felipe Barrientoes (Columbia) put the Patriots in purple ahead after number two doubles winning 8-4. However, the Patriots were unable to capitalize on their momentum as they fell in both number one and number three doubles to trail 2-1 going into the singles portion of the event.
In singles Andre Jacomini (Brazil) fought valiantly, but was unable to overcome the firepower of Cumberland’s Heshasm, falling 6-1 and 6-3. In number four singles Tyler Glover (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) fell to Garcid 6-0, 6-0. Barrientoes took fellow Columbian Carerra to the wire, but fell 6-3 and 7-6 in a back and forth affair. Unfortunately for the Patriots, the match was suspended due to darkness while both number two Ethan Rowton (Paducah, Ky.) and number six Sergio Mendoza were leading their matches. “This was a match that we should have won” said Head Coach Jim Coomer. “It’s a very disappointing outcome for our doubles squads; they had looked really good in practice.”
The Patriots will hit the courts once again March 11th when the travel to Asbury University to take on the Eagles.