Eagles open tennis season with romps over Tyler JC, Trinity

OC's Martin Poboril beat the reigning NCAA Division III singles champion in the Eagles' 7-2 win over Trinity (Texas).
OC's Martin Poboril beat the reigning NCAA Division III singles champion in the Eagles' 7-2 win over Trinity (Texas).

ABILENE, Texas (Feb. 1, 2013) – In their first team matches since winning the 2012 NAIA tennis championship, the Oklahoma Christian Eagles rolled to wins Friday over Tyler (Texas) Junior College and Trinity (Texas) at the Abilene Christian Indoor/Outdoor Invitational.

The Eagles downed Tyler JC 7-2 on Friday morning in a match that technically was an exhibition, since four-year schools cannot count results against junior colleges on their official record.

In a night match against NCAA Division III Trinity, OC also won 7-2, led by Martin Poboril, who beat the reigning Division III singles champion, Aaron Skinner, in his singles match.

OC (1-0) swept the doubles matches against Trinity (1-1). Poboril and Bruno Tiberti won 8-6 over Trinity’s Jordan Mayer and Erick DelaFuente at the No. 1 position. OC’s No. 2 duo of Nicolas Auruccio and Julio Pulido beat Nicolas Moreno and Skinner 8-5, while Josip Smoljan and Paulo Roessle won 8-6 over Trinity’s Greg Haugen and Connor Dunn at No. 3.

Poboril, ranked No. 33 in NCAA Division II, played at the No. 1 singles position for the Eagles against Skinner, who won the Division III title last October in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Small College Championships. Poboril won the first set 6-3, dropped the second one 6-2, then rallied for a 10-7 win in the decisive super tiebreaker.

The No. 41-ranked Tiberti, playing at the second position for the Eagles, won in straight sets over DelaFuente, 6-4, 6-2. Auruccio, at the No. 4 position, beat Moreno 6-3, 6-0.

Smoljan also needed a super tiebreaker before winning his No. 3 singles match over Haugen 6-7, 7-6, 10-8. Both sets were decided by a traditional tiebreaker.

Trinity won at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots. Charlie Curtis gave the Tigers a point by beating Pulido 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5, while Mayer downed Roessle 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 at No. 6.

Against Tyler JC, the Eagles picked up doubles wins at all three positions. OC played Tiberti and Poboril at the No. 1 position, Auruccio and Pulido at No. 2 and Smoljan and Roessle at No. 3.

In singles play, Poboril at No. 2, Roessle at No. 4 and Pulido at No. 5 recorded straight-set wins, while Auruccio at No. 6 won a super tiebreaker.

Tiberti at No. 1 and Smoljan at No. 3 both lost matches in super tiebreakers after splitting the first two sets.