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Men's Tennis - Tue, Apr. 8, 2014 - posted by
J.D. Owens (front) and Enzo Correa played their final home match on Tuesday (Photo by HIU Sports Information)
J.D. Owens (front) and Enzo Correa played their final home match on Tuesday (Photo by HIU Sports Information)
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Westmont College
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Fullerton, CA- Playing for the final time on their home court, Seniors John-Douglas Owens and Enzo Correa did not go down without a fight against #5 Westmont.  The Warriors had the Royals' number as WC beat HIU 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Cal State Fullerton.

Prior to the match even beginning, the Royals gave up a point in singles and doubles as an injury prevented them from fielding a full lineup.

Starting with singles, the Warriors had no trouble with number three, four, and five singles as they surrendered just one game combined in the three matches.

Enzo fared better but he too lost the first set 6-1.  In the second, Correa made his match even tighter against John Bertram before succumbing 6-3 on court number two.

Singles number one saw Owens jump out to an early lead of 3-0 and then 5-2 in the first set against Rodrigo Schaefer.  But Schaefer fought back and eventually the set became tied at six all.  Playing a tie break, Schaefer had all the answers winning 7-0 for the 7-6 first set win.  Schaefer continued the momentum of the tie break win to beat Owens 6-0 in the second set.

In doubles action, both matches played opened with scores of 3-2 Westmont.

On court two, the WC combo of Tim Goranson and Tommy Nightingale ran the gambit from the one game edge to pull out the 8-2 win over Junior Thiago Brito and Freshman Michael Maiolo.

Court one saw Douglas and Enzo team up to fittingly be the last Royals playing.  The Seniors battled but after trailing 3-2 they would be outscored 5-2 to fall 8-4.

Head Coach Ryan Young stated about his two Seniors, "I am very proud of JD and Enzo.  They have been an instrumental part of our program and been our rocks at the top of the lineup.  Every day they come ready to compete and when your best players are your hardest workers that trickles down to the rest of the team.  Aside from tennis, I am excited that they are both going to leave HIU with their degree.  I know that they will both be very successful and be people that Hope International University will be proud of!"

The Royals will close out the regular season by traveling to Arizona Christian on Saturday.  HIU and ACU will play at the Phoenix Tennis Center starting at 12:00 pm.

 
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