Men’s tennis team rips Franklin, Rose-Hulman to improve to 3-1

Webster University Gorloks

The Webster University men’s team improved to 3-1 on the season by defeating the Franklin College Grizzlies and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin’ Engineers this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Gorloks defeated Franklin (Ind.) 8-1 on Saturday, Feb. 16. Webster then toppled Rose-Hulman (Ind.) 7-2 on Sunday, Feb. 17. Webster is on a three-match winning streak after opening the season with a 6-3 loss to Cornell College (Iowa).

Senior Ricky Eaves won his two singles matches at the No. 4 spot and two doubles matches at No. 2 to improve to 8-0 on the season.

Against Franklin, Webster won five of six singles matches in straight sets. Senior Diego Alarcon fell in a third-set super tiebreak at No. 1 singles. But Alarcon rebounded by teaming with senior Josh Sellmeyer to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-1. The Gorloks swept all three doubles matches.

It was a similar story against the Fightin’ Engineers. Webster won five of six singles matches and dropped just one doubles match. Eaves won his singles match in a super tiebreak to remain unbeaten.

Next up for the Gorloks is a match against Maryville University on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Webster Groves Tennis Center, but the time and site could be changed due to impending cold weather.

Full results from Webster’s 8-1 win over Franklin:


Franklin College Grizzlies

1. Diego Alarcon lost 4-6, 7-5, 9-11

2. Francisco Cortez won 7-5, 6-3

3. Agustin Villalba won 6-0, 6-1

4. Ricky Eaves won 6-2, 6-4

5. Josh Sellmeyer won 6-2, 6-2

6. Travis Blair won 6-0, 6-2


1. Cortez/Villalba won 8-6

2. Eaves/Blair won 8-4

3. Alarcon/Sellmeyer won 8-1

Full results from Webster’s 7-2 win over Rose-Hulman:


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers

1. Alarcon lost 3-6, 6-7 (7-9)

2. Cortez won 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

3. Villalba won 6-4, 6-2

4. Eaves won 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 11-9

5. Sellmeyer won 6-1, 6-2

6. Blair won 6-2, 6-2


1. Cortez/Villalba lost 5-8

2. Eaves/Josh Papes won 9-7

3. Alarcon/Sellmeyer won 8-3

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