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Saturday, February 13, 2010After a three-week break, the Bisons came back to the courts with a strong 6-1 win over North Alabama Friday night at Richland Country Club.
The Bisons immediately made a statement that even though they had some time off they were not rusty, sweeping doubles and taking a 1-0 lead in the match.
At No. 1 doubles, Daniel Hangstefer and Mario Hernandez defeated Bruno Zuleta and Carlos Cardenas 8-6.
Chad Pierron and James Murrell pulled out a close match at No. 2, beating Jan Miskos and Clint Johnson in a tiebreaker 9-8 (8-6).
At the No. 3 spot, the freshman duo of Tanner Brown and Colby Shaw rolled over opponent Mirko Sommerfield and T.J. Drake 8-2.
The Bisons felt confident going into singles play with a 1-0 lead.
Quickly adding to their lead, Hangstefer defeated Miskos and No. 1 6-4, 6-0.
Up 2-0, Pierron fell at the No. 2 spot to Zuleta in a close match 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (0).
Murrell, at No. 3, defeated Cardenas 7-6(5), 6-3, advancing the Bisons’ lead to 3-1.
Hernandez added to the lead, making it a 4-1 match. He defeated Sommerfield at No. 4 7-5 in the first set before his opponent retired.
Wins at No. 5 and No. 6 set the match score to an overpowering 6-1.
Brown defeated Johnson 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5.
At No. 6, Cummings beat Drake 6-3, 6-4.
With a 6-1 defeat, the Bisons feel confident going into their next match.
"Overall the guys played well and responded when needed," said Bisons coach Andrew Harris. "Daniel Hangstefer played a great match as we were looking for him to keep moving forward in his game and he did that tonight.
"UNA has four seniors in their line up so they are a team that plays smart and made our guys come up with shots when needed. Heading tomorrow to Western Kentucky will give us an even better gauge on where we are right now and I think the guys will be ready to step up their games even more now."
The Bisons travel to Western Kentucky Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:30.
1. Hernandez/Hangstefer (LU) def. Zuleta/Cardenas (UNA) 8-6
2. Pierron/Murrell (LU) def. Miskos/Johnsons (UNA) 9-8 (6)
3. Brown/Shaw (LU) def. Sommerfield/Drake (UNA) 8-2
1. Hangstefer (LU) def. Miskos (UNA) 6-4, 6-0
2. Zuleta (UNA) def. Pierron (LU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (0)
3. Murrell (LU) def. Cardenas (UNA) 7-6 (5), 6-3
4. Hernandez (LU) def. Sommerfield (UNA) 7-5 retired
5. Brown (LU) def. Johnson (UNA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Cummings (LU) def. Drake (UNA) 6-3, 6-4
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in sports information