No. 19 Mississippi Gulf Coast faced No. 22 Itawamba at Fulton and edged a tough foe 5-4 to stay undefeated in the early going of the men's tennis season.
The bottom of the lineup carried the Bulldogs (2-0), with Clint Verrett (So., Gulfport/Gulfport) and Raymond Lam (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) only dropping a game in straight-set sweeps at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Wesley Fontaine (So., Biloxi/Biloxi) also won in straight sets, and Patrick Roth (So., Resurrection/Pascagoula) bounced back from dropping the first set in his No. 3 singles match to get a vital point.
Macute and Fontaine won at No. 2 doubles, and Verrett teamed with Lam to win No. 3.
Gulf Coast has its first three home matches on consecutive days starting Tuesday. First serve against Hinds is at 1 p.m.
Team: Gulf Coast 5, East Central 4
No. 1: Franco Roldan-Sergio Garcia (ICC) def. Serban Bonchis-Patrick Roth 8-8 (7-4)
No. 2: Seth Macute-Wesley Fontaine (GC) def. Hayden Embry-Reese Duncan 8-1
No. 3: Clint Verrett-Raymond Lam (GC) def. Jackson Christ-Jacambrian Madlock 8-3
No. 1: Roldan (ICC) def. Bonchis 6-2, 6-0
No. 2: Garcia (ICC) def. Macute 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
No. 3: Duncan (ICC) def. Roth 1-6, 7-6, 10-8
No. 4: Fontaine (GC) def. Embry 7-5, 6-3
No. 5: Verrett (GC) def. Madlock 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Lam (GC) def. Torean King 6-0, 6-1
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