AMERICUS - Sophomore Steven Blythe had himself quite a Saturday as he had a hand in both of the Georgia Southwestern men's tennis team points in a 7-2 loss to 14th-ranked Flagler College at the Susan K. Smith Tennis Complex.
Blythe and his doubles partner, Oliver Marshall, pulled the first upset of the day with an 8-6 win over the NCAA Division II fifth-ranked twosome, Kevin Gonzalez and Lukas Storck. Blythe followed that performance with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over the 34th-ranked singles player, Hermann Gertmann.
The women lost, 9-0, to 10th-ranked Flagler.
GSW returns to the courts on Sunday with matches against Armstrong State University at 10 a.m.
GSW MEN 2, (#14) FLAGLER 7
The Georgia Southwestern men's tennis team saw its record drop to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in the Peach Belt this spring after a 7-2 loss to No. 14 Flagler College on Saturday. Flagler improved to 9-8 overall, 3-2 in the PBC.
Blythe and Marshall improved their record this spring at No. 1 doubles to 6-8.
Alex Canovas Ferrando lost a tight match at No. 2 singles against Storck, 7-5, 6-3. Marshall pushed Lennart Luneborg to a tiebreaker in the second set at No. 4 singles, before falling 6-2, 7-6. Joel Landis dropped a 10-point tiebreaker to decide the match at No. 5.
GSW WOMEN 0, (#10) FLAGLER 9
The Georgia Southwestern women's tennis team had its overall record dip to 4-12 this spring and conference mark to 0-7 after a 9-0 loss to 10th-ranked Flagler College on Saturday. Flagler remained undefeated in conference play at 7-0 and improved to 15-3 overall.
Flagler cruised through doubles play as the Lady Hurricanes could manage to win only one game.
The Saints carried that momentum into singles action where GSW was unable to snag more than two games in any set.