Originally created 03/04/03

Pacers, Jaguars split matches



Augusta State University and USC Aiken split matches Monday at Newman Tennis center. The Pacers beat the Augusta State men in convincing fashion, 8-1. The Lady Jaguars won their match 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles match for the men was a tight one. Doubles matches consist of a pro-set played to eight, but Aiken's Kiril Popov and Nicolas Lombardo needed an extra game to hold off Augusta State's Zia Hai and Guillaume Payment, 9-7.

The only bright spot for Augusta State (3-7) came from an 8-2 win in the No. 3 doubles team slot. Jackson Hubert and Raul Intraigo pulled off the only point on the day for the Jaguars.

"It feels pretty good every time you get a point for ASU," Intraigo said. "But, at the end we don't feel really good because we lost overall."

Both teams were in the hunt after the doubles matches. USC Aiken (2-3) held a 2-1 lead, but the Pacers blew the match open sweeping all six singles matches.

"We lost some momentum after the doubles," said Augusta State coach Michael McGrath. "It was kind of a let down."

Intraigo was unable to hold off Popov in the No. 1 singles match. Popov struggled to take the first set 6-4, but he cruised from there, taking the second 6-0.

The women's scores were almost a reversal from the men's matches. Augusta State (3-7) was able to take both doubles matches, giving the Lady Jaguars a 2-0 lead going into singles play.

Nicole Copp scored the only point for USC Aiken (0-3). Copp won the No. 4 singles match 6-4, 7-5 against Patrica Lozano. Augusta State took wins in the other four singles matches.

The No. 1 match went to Ana Skafar for the Lady Jaguars. She held off Maria Claudia Romo, 6-1, 6-4.

"I thought the women played outstanding," McGrath said. "The girls are starting to play great ... (They) should have a good year."