ORLANDO, Fla. - The Creighton men's tennis team fell to 5-3 on the season, dropping a 4-3 decision to St. Joseph on Thursday. The Hawks won the doubles point, proving to be the difference as the two teams split singles play 3-3.
Creighton won the first doubles match, as Billy Paluch and J.T. Christia defeated Max Montague and Jeff Kessler 8-3 at the No. 1 singles. The next two points, battled to the end, both belonged to the Hawks. Tommy Gates and Dan Barrus defeated Kyle Obermeier and Elliott Baker 8-6 at the No. 2 doubles. Alex Veronis and Peter Cognetti then secured the doubles point with a 9-7 win over Ryan Norman and Sean Mathison at the No. 3 spot.
Obermeier evened the match at 1-1, winning his singles match with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Kessler at the No. 2 singles. The Hawks then claimed the next two points, as Max Montague defeated Baker 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 6 singles and Gates downed Christian 7-6, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.
The Jays continued to fight, winnng the next two matches to even the score at 3-3. Paluch defeated Alex Veronis 6-3, 7-6 at the No. 1 singles and Gabe Nagy downed Kristian Broaddus 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 5 singles.
But the Hawks won the final match, as Dan Barrus defeated Ryan Norman 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to give St. Joseph the win.
The Jays will finish play on their spring break trip tomorrow, when they play Niagara. Complete results and a recap will be available at www.gocreighton.com