DENVER, Colo. - Oral Roberts University earned their first victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon, a 6-3 triumph over Metro State at the Gates Tennis Center. The win improves ORU’s record to 1-11.
The Roadrunners fall to 8-10 with the loss, which was contested under NCAA Division II rules. Each doubles match counted for a full point.
Zierleyn and Mechali teamed up to win the top flight pairs match, 8-2, over Gabriel Vlahos and Adrien Delvaux. ORU lost on the second court, where Nathaniel Avery and Parker Allen dropped a 9-7 decision to Nick Baker and Alec Parmenter. But Bates and Gabriel Kanelopoulos came back to win on court three, 8-4, over Jonathan Evangelista and Ryan Joyce.
The Golden Eagles took control of the match on the top three singles courts, which each resulted in victories. Zierleyn topped Delvaux, 6-1, 7-6, at the No. 1 spot, and Mechali won the second court, 6-4, 6-2, over Baker. Allen completed the upper half sweep, with a 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 win over John Qualls.
Metro won two of the three bottom courts, though it did not affect the overall outcome. Evangelista was a 7-5, 6-3 winner over Avery on court four, though ORU’s Bates scored a 7-6, 6-1 win over Parmenter in the fifth flight. The final court went to Joyce, 7-5, 6-4, over Kanelopoulos.
ORU will look for their second straight win on Tuesday, March 26, when they face John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.