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Midway men’s tennis opens season with 5-4 victory over Hanover

The Midway University men’s tennis team got their spring season started off on the right foot on Thursday, Feb. 14, by beating Hanover College at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville. The Eagles won two of the three doubles matches before Hanover tied the match at 4-4 after winning three of the first five singles matches. Senior Hugo Retortillo, however, sealed the 5-4 victory for the home squad after winning at No. 3 singles. With the match on the line, the senior from Leon, Spain, battled back after dropping the first set, 6-3, to Pablo Gallart Polo. Retortillo won a close second set, 7-5, to force a third set where he dominated winning 6-2 to clinch the 5-4 victory for the Eagles. The other victories in singles play for the Eagles came at No.1 and No. 2. Julian Lopez, a sophomore from Bogota, Colombia, got singles play started with a dominating performance at No. 1 singles. Lopez won in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-0, over Martin Zarate to push Midway’s lead to 3-1 at the time. Like his teammate, Retortillo, David Alfaro also battled back after dropping the first set at No. 2 singles. Landon Carrico won 6-3 over the sophomore in the first set, but the Cali, Colombia native cruised in the final two sets, winning 6-2 and 6-4 to win his match two sets to one. Midway Coach Joe Reyes’ squad got the match started after easily winning two of the three doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Julian Lopez teamed with JT Hayden to win 8-0 over Jonathan Helmers and Pablo Gallart Polo, while the team of David Alfaro and Hugo Retortillo won 8-4 over Martin Zarate and Roger Trombley at No. 2 doubles.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-1 overall on the season. The Eagles return to action on Saturday, March 1, when they take on Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and Webster University in Owensboro.

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