Men’s Tennis Outlasted By Omaha, 4-3

OMAHA, Neb. – The Creighton men’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Omaha in a three-and-a-half-hour match on Saturday night at the Miracle Hill Tennis Center.

The loss moves the Bluejays to 6-6 on the year while the Mavericks improve to 7-12.

Creighton opened the night by earning the hard-fought doubles point. The Bluejays dropped the No. 1 doubles match before winning at the bottom two positions. Stratton Brown and Jose Oscar Diaz combined for a 6-4 win at the No. 2, while Shin Inoue and Zack Maline needed a tiebreaker to clinch the first point of the match, as the Creighton duo picked up a 7-3 victory in the tiebreaker at the No. 3 doubles slot.

The Bluejays jumped out to a 3-1 edge after victories by both Casey Ross and Ethan Neil during singles action. Ross earned a 6-4, 7-6 straight-sets win at the top slot, while Neil claimed a victory at the No. 6 singles position with a 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets win.

The Mavericks closed the gap and earned the win with a trio of three-set wins at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles spots. Brown dropped the opening set, 6-3 at the No. 2 slot, but recovered for a 6-4 win in the second frame. The third set, Omaha’s Todd Chen claiming the win 7-5, cutting the Jays lead to one at 3-2.

The No. 5 singles match saw Creighton’s Matthew Lanahan capture a 7-5 win in the first set, before falling 6-3 in the second set. The decisive third set went all the way to a tiebreaker before Omaha’s Victor Sklenka earned the 7-3 tiebreaker win.

The Mavericks clinched the overall dual with a victory at the No. 4 singles position. Hugo Piles Ballester took the first set 6-4, but Inoue responded with a 6-2 win in the second set. With the match on the line, Inoue and Piles Ballester needed a tiebreaker to decide the winner. Inoue and Piles Ballester battled back-and-forth until Piles Ballester clinched the tiebreaker, 7-3, and the match for Omaha.

“We knew this was going to be a match that could go down to the final court and everyone competed really hard,” said head coach Tom Lilly. “I’m disappointed for our guys that we weren’t the ones storming the court but we literally lost by half and inch on Matthews court. It’s the tennis version of a last second shot from half court and today the Mavericks made it happen. We will continue to get better and put ourselves into position to win and hope for more positive outcomes. “

The Bluejays are back in action against Marquette on April 1 in Milwaukee. First serve between the Bluejays and Golden Eagles is set for 1 pm

Omaha 4, Creighton 3
Mar 19, 2022 at Omaha, Neb. (Miracle Hill Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Casey Ross (CU) def. Matt Hulme (OMAHA) 6-4, 7-6
2. Todd Chen (OMAHA) def. Stratton Brown (CU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. Mikhail Korkunov (OMAHA) def. Jose Oscar Diaz (CU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Hugo Piles Ballester (OMAHA) def. Shin Inoue (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Victor Sklenka (OMAHA) def. Matthew Lanahan (CU) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Ethan Neil (CU) def. Ethan Henry (OMAHA) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
Creighton 6-6
Omaha 7-12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,6,2,5,4)
T-3: 35 A-158

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