The tandem of Daniel Rosales Lobos and Manuel Lindekeit started GU off on the right foot, downing the No. 1 doubles competition 8-5. However, the Jackets would fall in the final two doubles matches as the duos of Eugene O'Connell/Carlos Jimenez and Esteban Chacon/Felipe Suarez Parra were downed in close games.
Graceland would tie the match at four by winning three of the next five singles matches behind wins from Lindekeit at the No. 2 spot, Suarez Parra at the No. 3 spot and O'Connell at the No. 4 spot. After a Jimenez loss at the fifth slot, the match came down to the final game of the day.
UWW's Dan Noonan made quick work at the No. 6 spot, unfortunately, as Chacon lost 6-1, 6-4, dropping Graceland to the 5-4 defeat.
"We did not step up to the plate today," said head coach Monroe Walker III. "We had a strong performance from Felipe Suarez and Manuel but lost a few matches that we shouldn't have. We have to learn to put away opponents when they are down and fight for every point. Our doubles play was weak and need much improvement. We are looking forward to the upcoming practice week."
The men's tennis team finished its Hilton Head tour 2-3 and will play next on Monday (April 2) against NCAA II and former HAAC rival William Jewell College in Lamoni at 4:00 p.m.
"We ran across a very good team today," added Walker, "and they took advantage of some costly mistakes. I think the long weekend caught up with the ladies. All in all, we gained much experience and tough matches that mean more than the final score.
"We will be ready for the tough upcoming schedule."
The Lady Jackets ended its Hilton Head tour with a 0-4 record and will return to action on Monday (April 2) against William Jewell College in Lamoni at 4:00 p.m.
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