OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton men's tennis team won its first home outdoor tennis match at the Koch Family Tennis Center on Sunday, downing Northern Colorado 6-1. The Bluejays improve to 7-3 on the season, winning four of the last five matches.
"Our guys played very determined on a really windy day," said head coach Tom Lilly. "With Kyle [Obermeier] still out rehabbing his ankle, everyone needed to step up and they did."
Obermeier injured his ankle in the final match in Orlando, spraining it in the final set of his singles match. Without him in the lineup today, Coach Lilly made some different adjustments and players teamed up in different orders in doubles play. Creighton still won the doubles point, marking the eighth time this season they have entered singles play with the 1-0 lead.
Creighton took two-of-three doubles, winning the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Ryan Norman and Sean Mathison paired up to defeat Jordan Loughnan and Ryan Lane 8-2 before Billy Paluch and Gabe Nagy downed Jeff Carlson and Michael Moya 8-4. The Bears earned the win at No. 1 singles, when Brandon Lupo and Ben Gendron defeated J.T. Christian and Elliott Baker 8-5.
The Bluejays also won five of the six singles matches, again with a shuffled lineup. Paluch started things off in singles play, defeating Luupo 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot. Christian then defeated Lane 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot.
Nagy defeated Carlson 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 singles, followed by Baker downing Moya 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 5 singles. Mathison defeated Lepine 6-1, 6-3 to close out the Creighton wins in singles play. The lone point for the Bears came at the No. 3 spot, where Gendron defeated Norman 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles.
"Northern Colorado is an improved team and we had to compete hard for this win. I am very proud of our guys."
Creighton will be back in action March 24 and 25, when they travel to Oklahoma to take on both Oral Roberts and Oklahoma State.