Gents Tennis Matches Go Down to the Wire in Weekend Mid-Con Cluster
Sunday, April 17, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Gents tennis team showcased their stellar play against three Mid-Continent Conference opponents this weekend. Centenary seized a 5-2 victory over Chicago State and pushed a series of matches to the brink but, unfortunately, the close matches went against the Gents as they dropped a 6-1 decision to IUPUI on Saturday and a 4-0 match to Oral Roberts on Sunday. After the three days of play, Centenary's record moved to 2-12 and 1-2 in the Mid-Con.

On Friday, Centenary’s doubles pairing of Arthur Okura and Josh Pinto started out strong for the Gents as they took CSU’s No. 2 pairing, 8-5. The duo continued to play well individually, nabbing victories in singles action.

Pinto won 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 2 position as Okura found himself down a set in the fourth slot, but remained tenacious taking the next two sets 6-3, 10-3.

Jeffrey Krulin posted his first win of the season defeating Arthur Talley at the fifth position while Russ Patrick beat CSU’s No. 2 player, 7-5, 7-6.

In the second day of play, IUPUI swept in doubles giving them the first point of the day. The Gents battled back in singles play with three matches going down to the wire.

In the top slot, IUPUI’s Juan Mas took the first set 6-3 before Centenary’s Brain Roberts rebounded earning the second, 7-6 in a tiebreak. Roberts dropped the tight decision as Mas pulled out the final set 6-3, taking the victory.

Patrick’s match mirrored Robert’s as he went to the tiebreaker in the second slot. The Maroon and White sophomore came from a set behind to knot the match, taking the second set 6-4. IUPUI’s Marc Pyatt was able to hold on for the dramatic third set finish, earning the final set, 7-6.

Okura posted the third close match of the afternoon taking on the Jaguars’ No. 4 player. Okura came out on top in the first set 6-4, but Ross Gehlahausen walked off the court with the win taking the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4.

Josh Pinto claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win over IUPUI's Ronnie Pedro at the No. 3 spot to earn Centenary a point. Unfortunately the Gents could not muster another win as IUPUI claimed wins in the fifth and sixth singles position for the dual match victory.

The following day Centenary fell 4-0 to Oral Roberts as the Golden Eagles won the doubles point and all six singles matches.

Centenary returns to action this weekend, as they conclude thier regular season, traveling to Peoria, Ill. to participate in another Mid-Continent Cluster.