Tennis 'Cats Stumble to Regional Leader Bluefield State, 7-2

BLUEFIELD – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team squared off against the top team in the Atlantic Region on Sunday – the Bluefield State College Big Blue.

The Big Blue, also ranked 41st nationally, defeated the Bobcats by a 7-2 score.

Wesleyan started the contest down 3-0 after getting swept in doubles action.

The lone individual wins came from Ramon Rodriguez beating Alexander Rudenco at No. 3 (7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (5)) and Jacobo Rendon downing Ignacio Pulido at No. 4 (6-4, 7-5).

"It was a rough start for us in doubles," remarked head coach Marc Walters. "It has been the same story for us at doubles. Our depth just doesn't allow us to get into their singles matches. If we don't start getting a flow and competing, we are going to have a very long week ahead."

Bluefield State improved to 5-0 on the season.

Wesleyan dropped to 2-3 on the year.

Wesleyan will return to action Monday when they play Barton College at 11 a.m.

"Barton is 7-2 on the season and is on a five-match winning streak after knocking off Shaw by a 9-0 score on Sunday," Walters concluded.