March 21, 2013
No. 25 Bearcats hold off No. 41 USI, 5-3
RED OAK, Iowa – A complete team effort helped No. 25 Northwest Missouri State hold off No. 41 Southern Indiana, 5-3 Thursday in men’s tennis action.
The Bearcats improved to 7-1 on the season as Southern Indiana fell to 5-4. The match kicks off a stretch of six matches in six days for Northwest as they start their spring break road trip.
Northwest picked up wins at No. 1 doubles as Sergio De Vilchez and Lluis Altimires fought for a 9-8 victory. At No. 3 doubles, Dylan Bernatzky and Alvaro Riveros claimed an 8-2 win giving the Bearcats a 2-1 lead.
Heading into singles action Sergio De Vilchez claimed his sixth straight win at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. De Vilchez is now a combined 13-3 as a freshman counting dual matches and tournament play.
Also impressive was Jason Harris at No. 6 singles who stayed perfect in duals at 8-0 with a, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Rodrigo Flores.
The two losses for the Bearcats came at No. 2 singles and No. 4 singles. Rafael Bugiga dropped a tough 6-1, 6-1 decision as Alvaro Riveros fell 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, for his first loss of the season.
The Bearcats return to action Friday as they head south to face Harding in Springfield, Mo. at the Cooper Indoor Tennis Complex.
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