MOBILE, Ala. - Reinhardt and Tennessee Wesleyan each dropped their opening round matches at the 2017 NAIA Men's Tennis National Championships on Tuesday.
The event is being held for the fourth-straight year at the Mobile Tennis Center.
Reinhardt fell in a close match, losing 5-4 to No. 18 SCAD Savannah (Ga.). The Eagles (13-5 overall) trailed 2-1 after doubles action; however, the team of Fabio Pereira and Emory Deloach stayed undefeated on the season after winning at the top doubles slot, 8-5.
In singles play, Brandon Lane tied the contest up with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. SCAD went back up 3-2 thanks to a win at the second singles line, but DeLoach won at the fourth singles line, 6-4, 6-1, to even the contest, 3-3. The Eagles would grab a 4-3 lead as Pereira won at the top singles line, 6-1, 6-2. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the remaining two singles contests would go to SCAD in straight sets as the Eagles fell, 5-4.
Reinhardt closes the year as regular-season and tournament champions of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Tennessee Wesleyan dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 18 Middle Georgia State. Middle Georgia owned a 3-0 lead following doubles play. Tennessee Wesleyan split singles play, winning three of the six matches. Jamie Llardo won at No. 3 singles by the score of 6-2, 6-3, while No. 4 singles player Caio Bardauil won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0. In No. 6 singles, Bernat Paredes posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Tennessee Wesleyan ended the year 12-5 overall.