DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 39 SMU menís tennis team dropped a hard fought match to No. 49 South Alabama on Monday, 4-3, at Haggar Tennis Stadium. The Mustangs jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but were unable to hang on for the victory. SMUís record falls at 5-2 on the season with the loss
In doubles, Gwinyai Chingoka and David Kuezer got SMU started with an 8-5 win at flight No. 3. Paul McNaughton and Federico Murgier followed their lead and bested the No. 49 duo of Babej and Kepka 8-4 to clinch the doubles point for SMU.
Singles play began in the same fashion as Peter Oredsson easily dispatched David Kepka 6-1, 6-1 for the 2-0 SMU advantage. Chingoka hung tough, but was downed by 2004 NCAA semi-finalist Fero Babej at No. 1 6-2, 7-5. McNaughton then battled back to take his singles match at No. 3 over Dias Doskarayev 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and SMU was in control at 3-1. South Alabama went on to sweep spots three, five and six forcing a third set in each match. These wins proved to be the difference and gave the Jaguars the 4-3 victory.
The menís tennis team returns to action Thurs. afternoon at 2 p.m. when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers.