(PLAINFIELD, Ill.) – For the second time in three days, the Walsh men's tennis team upset a ranked opponent at the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover. This time the victim was Rockhurst with a 5-4 decision over the No. 9 team in the most recent ITA Midwest Regional rankings.
The Cavaliers are now 8-6 on the season. The Hawks dropped to 5-4 on the year.
Walsh started the day on top as it took two of the three doubles matches. Pablo Cabezon and Carlos Jaque picked up a big point at No. 2 doubles against Nicolas Riveros and Joe Ibarra with a 9-7 win. Ross Whittaker and Vasiliy Vidmanov defeated Oskar Unger and Jonas Stropus 8-4 at No. 1 doubles for the other point.
Cabezon and Jaque weren't finished with close matches for the day as each of them picked up wins in singles action by the slimmest of margins. Cabezon scored a win over Stropus in a three-set tiebreaker by scores of 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). Jaque's win at No. 4 singles was even closer with a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (12-10) win over Daniel Chmielewski.
Vidmanov provided the other point for the Cavs at No. 2 singles. There he defeated Decho Valev 7-6, (9-7), 6-1.
Walsh now returns to conference action with a three-match home stand against Wayne State, Northwood and Tiffin. It's the Cavs' final three home matches of the season. They will do battle with the Warriors first on Saturday at 10 a.m.