JU tennis teams narrowly lose to Eastern Kentucky

The Jacksonville University men’s and women’s tennis teams both lost 4-3 heartbreakers to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Wednesday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Both teams won the doubles portion of the match, then could only manage two singles victories apiece to fall 4-3 in the overall team match. 

JU freshman Aline Staudt bounced back after suffering her first loss of the year by winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.  She is now 7-1 in her singles career this season.  Staudt and teammate Djessika Bezerra won their doubles match 8-6.

The other singles victory for the women’s team came at the hands of Harjit Gosal.  She handled her opponent 6-1, 7-6.  Gosal and Dolphin Veronique Spencer beat the Colonel opposition in their doubles match 8-6.

On the men’s side, Fernando Banos Lopez and Larry Condez were victorious in their individual matches. 

Banos Lopez took down his opponent in straight sets winning 6-4, 6-2. 

Condez had a tough match on his hands but eventually prevailed in three sets winning 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.  The win marked Condez’s third of the year.  He and junior Jose Fantova teamed up to win their doubles match 8-4.

“These were both really tough matches today that came down to the final match on,” said Dolphin head coach Justin Miles.  “I told the kids I just wanted them to compete and fight hard and they did this.  If every single player commits to doing this every match then we will be a tough team to beat as the season goes on. “

The men’s (2-6) and women’s (2-5) teams both return to action on March 11th when they host Troy State at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.

Match Results:

JU Women 3 EKU 4


  1. Staudt/ Bezerra vs Labeja/ Gevvitsen- JU 8-6
  2. Melibeu/ Bartos vs Faouzi/ Oscoz- JU 6-4 default
  3. Gosal/ Spencer Poffo/ Rodriguez- JU 8-6


  1. Staudt vs Faouzi- JU 6-2, 6-4
  2. Melibeu vs Labeja- EKU 7-6(3), 6-4
  3. Bartos vs Oscoz- EKU 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
  4. Bezerra vs Poffo- EKU- 7-6(5), 6-2
  5. Iwinski vs Jimenez- EKU 7-5, 6-2
  6. Gosal vs Rodriguez- JU 6-1, 7-6(4)


JU Men 3 EKU 4


  1. Banos Lopez/ Casagrande vs Klientovsky/ Pons- EKU- 8-2
  2. Heywood/ Martinez vs Schroeder/ Dombrowski- JU 8-5
  3. Fantova/ Condez vs Janz/ Campbell- JU 8-4


  1. Fantova vs Klientovsky- EKU 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
  2. Banos Lopez vs Janz- JU 6-4, 6-2
  3. Casagrande vs Schroeder- EKU 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
  4. Martinez vs Verma- EKU 6-2, 6-3
  5. Hansen vs Maio- EKU 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
  6. Condez vs Piviz- JU 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4