Close matches are always great, but getting a win in a close match makes it all the better.
Biola did just that with its 5-4 win over Arizona Christian on Saturday morning. It was a match that could have go either way, as both teams put in solid performances, but the dice rolled in the Eagles' favor as they improve to 2-2 (1-1 GSAC) with the win.
It was the singles matches that made the difference for the Eagles, as the men worked their way to four individual wins, and got the fifth win in the No. 3 doubles pairing.
Biola was outmatched at the top of the heap, as ACU took the crown in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, but Biola's three through six competitors earned the very-valuable four points in the individual play.
Brandon Chang, Luke Mountain and Tayven Townsend continued their strong play in singles this season, each earning their second win of the year on Saturday.
Rodric Pence got the other win in singles, moving to 1-3 on the year after his defeat of ACU's Adam West.
Townsend, Mountain and Pence's matches all went to three sets, and two of them had one set that needed to go to tie-break, proving the slimmest of margins in between these two teams.
Chang also got a win at doubles, pairing with Chris Evans as they both picked up their first doubles victory of the year. It was a big one too, serving as the difference-maker in the one-point match. Chang and Evans were on fire, cruising to an 8-3 win over West and David Castano.
Last season, Biola went 1-1 against Arizona Christian.
The Eagles get back on the courts of the Biola Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon as they square off with Vanguard