USI Falls in Hard-Fought Battle of the Eagles


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis fell to Tennessee Tech University after a strong match from both teams, 5-2. The Screaming Eagles fall to 5-12, 1-4 Horizon League, while the Golden Eagles improve to 4-11, 4-1 Horizon League.
Tennessee Tech came out quickly to take the first win of the day in the number three doubles, however, senior Lucas Sakamaki (Louisville, Kentucky) and freshman Omar ElSamahy (Cairo, Egypt) were able to bounce USI right back into it in the number one singles as they took down their opponent, 6-4. It wasn’t enough as Tennessee Tech was able to secure the point with a win in the number two doubles.
The Golden Eagles continued to stay hot as they quickly took the number three and two singles matches. Senior Yahor Bahdanovich (Minsk, Belarus) was able to keep the Eagles alive with a win in the number five singles, 6-4 6-3. Tennessee Tech was able to secure a match victory with a win in the number six and one singles. USI never backed down as Sakamaki got his second victory of the day in the number five singles after a long battle, 2-6 7-5 1-0 (10-6).
Up Next for USI:
The Eagles will complete their five-match home stand on April 7 when they play host to Duquesne University at the USI Tennis Courts beginning at 9 a.m.