(LAKELAND, Fla.) – The Walsh men's tennis team closed out spring break with a narrow and thrilling victory over Mercyhurst at the FSC courts on Friday. The Cavaliers improved to 8-6 on the year and went 2-1 during their time in Florida. The Lakers are now 6-6 on the year.
Walsh took early advantage in the doubles portion of the match with wins at the second and third spots for a 2-1 lead. Vasily Vidmanov and Rodrigo Garcia defeated Joaquin Aguilera and Arseniy Sklyarov 8-5 at the No. 2 section, while Jonah Carter and Tim Bruin defeated Conor McCooey and Dusan Cerny 8-4.
In singles action, it all came down to No. 6 singles where Jose Fernandez took on Sklyarov with the overall match tied at 4-4. After he dropped the first set 7-5, Fernandez rebounded to win 6-0 in the second and edged out Sklyarov 6-4 to give Walsh the win.
Vidmanov and Heitor Adegas brought home the other two wins in singles action. Vidmanov cruised by Nenad Terzic 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Adegas took down Conor McCooey 7-5, 6-1 at the five spot.
The Cavaliers will return home and prep for conference action as they head to the Upper Peninsula for the final time next weekend. Walsh will open up with Michigan Tech first on Saturday at 10 a.m.