NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont Men's Tennis won its conference opener but was held off by SEC power Auburn in the nightcap. The Bruins (7-9) defeated Austin Peay (4-9) handily, 6-1, before stumbling to Auburn (11-7), 4-0, in the second match of the day.
The Bruins blew by in-state rival Austin Peay to open its twin bill day. In doubles action, BU made short order of the Governors, picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
In singles action, Belmont continued to roll. BU went on to only relinquish one match to Austin Peay. The Bruins recorded straight set victories at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6. Freshman Josiah Collins (Atlanta, Ga.) was the only player who had to battle into extra frames to come away with his 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 victory.
Unfortunately, it was all Auburn in the nightcap. The Tigers earned the doubles point, following suit behind the nationally ranked duo of Maxime Hinnisdaels and Conner Huertas at No. 1.
AU notched wins at Nos. 2, 5, 6 on the singles side. Senior Cedric Dujacquier (Feluy, Belgium) had his hands full at No. 1 versus Hinnisdaels, who is currently ranked No. 64 in the country. That match went on to be unfinished, however, with Dujacquier making a comeback in the second set, 4-1, after falling 6-2 to start.
Belmont returns to action on Sunday, March 26 with a stop at Louisville. Match time is set for 5 p.m.