NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tough competition awaited Belmont Men's Tennis on a very short road trip over the weekend. The Bruins played in the annual three-day Coach Dick LaLance Showdown, hosted by Middle Tennessee State at the Adams Tennis Complex.
Day one of the event saw the BU face off against Troy but falling, 5-1. Belmont picked up its lone win of the day in singles action with junior Zak Khan (London, United Kingdom) defeating Ignacio Rodriguez in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.
Taking on host-MTSU on the second day of the tournament, the Bruins split in doubles action. The pair of Khan and freshman Grant Kelly (Atlanta, Ga.) won 6-3 at No. 2. In singles action, BU saw Kelly again on the winning side of the racket, defeating Chris Edge, 6-4, 6-2. The Blue Raiders saw a player go down injured at the conclusion of their matches the previous day so Belmont also saw action against the Trojans once again. Senior Caio Niel (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was edged in three sets by TU's Shaaz Peerani, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.
On the final day of the tournament, Belmont took on OVC-foe Tennessee State, winning 5-1. BU split in doubles action with the duo of Stephen Goldman (Lutz, Fla.) and Kelly winning 6-2. The Bruins dominated in singles play, winning every match. Goldman won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1, freshman David Faulkner (Birmingham, Ala.) won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, Kelly posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 3 and Niel finished 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4.
Belmont Men's Tennis returns to action October 13-15 at the Samford Hidden Dual in Birmingham, Ala.