HILTON HEAD, S.C. - A 3-0 deficit after doubles play was too much for the Bridgewater men's tennis team to overcome as the Eagles dropped a 5-4 decision to Drew University.
The Rangers took the lead with a win at No. 1 doubles where Geoffrey Diehl and Vineet Vemulapally defeated Bridgewater's Canon Secord and Freddie Roberts 8-3. Karel Raska and Dan Blumenthal turned back the Eagles' pair of Sonet Gandhi and Matthew Gordon 8-4 to take the point at No. 2 doubles. Bryce Kennedy and Bryce Weizer completed the sweep by holding off Nicholas Kiser and Robert Williard 8-5 at the No. 3 slot.
The Eagles rallied and took the lead with wins in the first four singles flights.
Secord put the Eagles on the board as he outlasted Vemulapally in split sets. After losing the first set 6-3, Secord rolled to a 6-0 win in the second set. In a long tiebreaker to decide the winner, Secord prevailed 13-11.
Gandhi was next off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Will Morrison at the No. 4 slot. Gordon pulled the Eagles even with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Diehl at No. 3 singles. Roberts then put the Eagles ahead with a split-set victory over Blumenthal at No. 2. Roberts took the first set 6-4, but lost the second set, 2-6. Roberts took a close 10-8 win in the tiebreaker.
Kennedy evened the match for the Rangers with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Williard at the No. 6 slot and Raska claimed the clinching point with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kiser at No. 5.