GREENVILLE, N.C., Feb. 8, 2014 – The James Madison men’s tennis team won four singles matches on its way to a 4-3 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday. The match was played at East Carolina’s ECU Indoor Tennis Center.
JMU improved its spring season dual record to 2-1 with the win, while Georgia Southern remained winless, dropping to 0-6.
The Dukes took the top three singles matches, including Robert Stirling’s (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columban's College) three-set win over Oliver Webb in the No. 1 spot. After dropped the first set 6-4, Stirling bounced back with 6-4 and 6-2 wins.
At No. 2 singles, freshman Sebastian Salinas (Merida, Mexico/Preparatoria Abierta SEP) topped Albert Codina Sala in straight sets. Salinas took the first set 6-3 and clinched the match with a 6-4 win in the second set.
Freshman Miljan Ruzic (Sydney, Australia/St. Euphemia College) had to bounce back from a tough 6-5 loss in the first set at No. 3 singles. He responded with 6-2 and 6-4 wins in the final two sets to edge Nico DeGroof.
Maxi Branth (Stockholm, Sweden/Tullinge Gymnasium) rounded out the Dukes’ winners in singles play, cruising to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christian Kerrigan at No. 5 singles. Branth improved to 12-5 on the year.
Ruzic and Stirling teamed up for JMU’s lone doubles win. The pair eased past Kyle Hoffman and Rafael Racy 6-1.
JMU continues play at East Carolina on Sunday when the Dukes take on the host Pirates at 11 a.m.
JAMES MADISON 4, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 3
No. 1 – Robert Stirling (JMU) def. Oliver Webb (GSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – Sebastian Salinas (JMU) def. Albert Codina Sala (GSU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 – Miljan Ruzic (JMU) def. Nico DeGroof (GSU) 5-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – Marco Osorio (GSU) def. Brett Moorhead (JMU) 3-6, 6-5, 10-7
No. 5 – Maxi Branth (JMU) def. Christian Kerrigan (GSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 – Rafael Racy (GSU) def. Niels Kathol (JMU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
No. 1 – Miljan Ruzic/Rob Stirling (JMU) def. Kyle Hoffman/Rafael Racy (GSU) 6-1