Tuesday, 12 September 2017

NCC Tennis League: Team Oluyole suffer third straight defeat

TEAM Oluyole last weekend at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, suffered their third straight defeat at the ongoing  2017Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC Tennis League.
The Ibadan team were humiliated 1-6 by Team Optiweb in what served as
the first win of the season by the Ilorin-based side in the Blue group.
Uche Okparaoji gave Team Optiweb their first victory on Saturday, September 9 as he triumphed over Adewale Samson in the men's singles.
It was Samson who stunned the home boy in the first set 6-3, but was
unable to maintain the tempo as he lost 2-6 in the second set and also 4-6 in the final set.
The visitors however, rose to the occasion in the second game as Sunday Okechukwu outplayed home boy, Isaac Emeruwa in a fixture which also dragged to three sets.
Okechukwu won the first set 6-4, but was rattled in the second set 2-6, while 'Tsonga' as he is fondly called, by his admirers regained his composure to win the third set 6-1.
It turned out to be the only victory by Team Oluyole in the match day three fixture as they lost the subsequent five games. 
Interestingly, Okechukwu remains the only who had won a singles game so far from Team Oluyole as he had in the season's opener defeated George Abamu of Team VGC Lions in Ibadan also by two sets to one.
Team Optiweb in the third game of the day restored lead through Oluchi Ozurumba who outplayed Colleen Orji in the women's singles 6-3, 6-3.
The homers consolidated through the men's doubles as the duo of Henry John and Kareem Badmus hammered Kunle Bamidele and Ganiyu Salami of Team Oluyole 6-2, 6-1 to wrap up the day on 3-1 advantage.
The woes of the visitors however, continued the following day {Sunday, September 10} as Sunday Okechukwu this time in the reverse men's singles was battered by Kareem Badmus 6-1, 6-2.
The result sealed Team Optiweb's victory as they had picked up the maximum four wins in the seven-game fixture.

Ismaila Adesina also of Team Oluyole lost to Uche Okparaoji 6-1, 6-4 in another reverse men's singles.
Henry John and Oluchi Ozurumba recorded Team Optiweb's last victory in the fixture as they spanked the duo of veteran, Wasiu Ibrahim and Colleen Orji 6-2, 6-3 in the mixed doubles.
Meanwhile, Team Muller of Lagos maintained 100 per cent winning record in the Blue group as they recorded a hard fought 4-3 victory in Port Harcourt over hosts, Team Kalotari to sit atop the ladder with three points.
Also, Team Civil Defence inspired by veteran Abdulmumuni Babalola maintained their second position on the table as they hammered hosts Team VGC Lions of Lagos 7-0 at their VGC Club Lekki tennis courts.

Caption: VGC Lions' Martins Abamu in action.

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