Written and Media by Brianna Anderson and Brett Brannon.
The Greenville College Men’s Tennis team traveled to Galesburg, Ill. for a triangular match on Saturday against Knox College and St. Ambrose University. In the morning, they made quick work of Knox College, gaining a decisive 9-0 victory. After a quick lunch break, they were back on the courts to take on St. Ambrose. St. Ambrose defeated the Panthers last season by a score of 6-3.
Before the match started, the Panthers knew this had the makings of a very tight contest. Number three doubles continued their early season success with an 8-4 victory. Number two doubles couldn’t quite overcome a slow start, and lost 8-6. It was up to the top doubles team of Justin Tilford, a freshman, and Nate Wieland, a sophomore, to get the Panthers the early advantage. After fighting off three match points, they prevailed with an emotional 9-8 victory, capped off by an emphatic overhead slam by Tilford, who also received SLIAC player of the week.
Taking the Win
St. Ambrose quickly regained momentum in singles with quick victories at number one and number two singles. Tilford evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 6-0 win. Next up was senior captain Code Power at number three singles. Fighting through an injury, he prevailed 6-3, 7-6. This set the stage for Blake Gocey, a junior transfer, at fourth singles. After trailing 7-4 in the 3rd set tiebreaker, he ran off the final six points, clinching the victory for the Panthers! The team’s season record is now 3-1.
Coaches point of view
Coach Brett Brannon made a comment about the rest of the season and the goals he has for the team.
The Panthers will be in action at home March 31 against Principia. This is a conference match which will begin at 5:00 pm.