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Panther Men Drop Second Straight 5-2 Match in OVC Play
Monday, 03/29/2010
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Eastern Illinois University Team Page

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Eastern Illinois men's and women’s tennis squads lost their respective matches at Morehead State on Sunday, as the Eagles hit past the Panthers in Ohio Valley Conference action, 5-2 on the men's side and 7-0 for the women.

The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather.  The losses drop the Panther men and women to 3-12 (0-3 OVC) and 4-9 (1-3 OVC), respectively.

Senior Jeff Rutherford won a nailbiter over his Morehead opponent at the top of the lineup, battling back after being down 6-7 (0-6) in the opening set to take the final two by 6-3 and 6-4.

Sophomore Matyas Hilgert picked up the other Eastern singles victory, winning in straight sets at the No. 4 spot.

EIU lost the all-important doubles point, however Jamie Firth and Michael Sperry teamed up to win the lone Panther duo match, 8-6.