AU Tennis Take Share of KIAC Title with Victory over Brescia
OWENSBORO, Ky. – Asbury men’s tennis continued their dominance over KIAC opponents, defeating Brescia 9-0 on Friday afternoon. The Eagles claim a share of the KIAC regular season title with the win and will take the title outright with a win over St. Louis Pharmacy on Saturday.
The Eagles (12-3, 5-0 KIAC) have won their five conference matches by an aggregate score of 42-3. Asbury won the 2012 KIAC regular season and tournament titles with a perfect 5-0 mark and have won 11 straight conference matches dating back to 2011.
On Friday the Eagles improved to 14-1 in conference doubles matches. Asbury dropped only six games in doubles action. Nathan Schley and Scott Layton defeated Mosies Goncalves and Lucas Ang 8-2 to improve to 14-4 and have won four straight matches. Nesbert Vaval and Stephen Woods won for the third straight time, 8-3, over Tom Roidl and Jonathan Kamuf. Daniel Harris and Justin Westlund also won for the third straight time, defeating Seth Ferguson and Robie Burch 8-1.
In singles play the Eagles won five of the six matches in straight sets. Harris battled back after dropping the first set 6-2 to win the final two 6-4, 10-5 over Kamuf. Scott Layton joins Schley in double figure wins on the season after defeating Roidl 6-1, 6-2. He is now 10-7 on the season.
Schley won for the 14th time this season and the 33rd of his career after defeating Goncalves 6-0, 6-1. Vaval was also a winner, taking down Ang 7-5, 6-2. Stephen Woods and Justin Westlund cruised to victory, Woods a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Burch and Westlund a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Ferguson.
The Eagles close out the KIAC season on Saturday at St. Louis Pharmacy at 11 am. Asbury wraps up the regular season on Monday, hosting Centre College at 4:30 pm.
Asbury will be the top seed in the KIAC Tournament hosted by Indiana Southeast. The event will kick off on April 26. The Eagles will receive a bye into the semifinals that will take place on the 26th at 3:45 pm. They are the top seed because they will hold the tiebreaker over Brescia even if the Eagles fall to St. Louis Pharmacy on Saturday.