Southern Miss Ends Pirates' Run, 5-2
April 4, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Southern Miss rallied to post three-set victories in three singles matches and used the doubles point to hand No. 70 East Carolina a 5-2 setback in second day action of the Conference USA Shootout Saturday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
The loss snapped the Pirates' 12-match win streak and dropped their record to 16-2, delaying the establishment of a new single-season program-record 17th victory. The triumph improved the Golden Eagles to 8-8.
Southern Miss captured four of six singles events but Patricio Alvarado's 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Jaroslav Horvath at No. 1, Diego Machuca's 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Henrik Skalmerud at No. 4 and Oscar Machuca's 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 decision over Brian Oakley in a No. 6 matchup sparked the Golden Eagles' singles success and eventual match win.
Southern Miss opened play by earning the doubles point after victories by tandems Jan Burmeister/Strate Krstevski (8-4 over Aleksey Kochetov/Skalmerud), Domagoj Anic/D. Machuca (8-7 over Oakley/Stephen Whitwell) and Alvarado/Markus Wessinghage (9-7 over Denis Ermilov/Horvath).
East Carolina booked its pair of points when Whitwell defeated Andrew Poole 6-1, 7-6 in a No. 2 meeting and Kochetov outlasted Krstevski 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 5
The Pirates will close out C-USA Shootout action Sunday when they face UCF beginning at 12 noon. The Knights have enjoyed a perfect weekend in Greenville, following a 4-3 win over Southern Miss Friday with a 6-1 rout of UAB earlier Saturday.
SOUTHERN MISS 5, NO. 70 EAST CAROLINA 2