A win in the Light Blues’ biggest match of the season against Loughborough would see them top the BUCS Midlands 1A division. With ex-captain Sven Sylvester playing his last match in Light Blue colours, this fixture was bound to be a spirited one.
At number one singles, captain Constantine Markides (Wolfson) started strongly and bagged the first set. With his opponent looking frustrated, this should have given Markides confidence, but errors started creeping into his game, giving the Loughborough player renewed hope and eventually a decider was required. Despite leading throughout the match tie-break, the Light Blue failed to capitalise and lost 6-1, 4-6, 8-10.
At number two singles, Tim Prossor (Girton) was extremely motivated for his match against his County Cup team-mate David Hill. Looking to extend his winning run in singles to five matches, Prossor was served and returned well to stun his opponent in the first set. In the second set, Prossor capitalised on an early break to win 6-3, 6-2.
Neil Cordon (Churchill) at number three boasted a winning record against Loughborough’s Harry Randle. Cordon was never under threat as he moved his opponent from side to side on his way to winning the first set. The Light Blue ended the Loughborough player’s hope of a comeback by serving well and not giving his opponent any free points. Cordon was too good and wrapped up the match 6-3, 6-1.
At number four singles, Gerald Wu (Selwyn) was looking to add to his weekend triumph against Hertfordshire by taking on Loughborough’s Rohan Abel. Wu used his forehand well to dominate the early exchanges and looked set for a comfortable victory after a thumping in the first set. However, his opponent raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but Wu showed his experience to recover and serve up another psychological blow to Abel, winning 6-1, 6-4.
Number one doubles saw the new partnership of Markides and Cordon. The Loughborough pair capitalised on an early break to win the first set. Under pressure, Markides and Cordon bounced back in the second set with huge serves and exquisite touch as they levelled the match. Markides was determined not to suffer a similar fate in his singles loss. Together with Cordon’s consistency, the Light Blues outclassed their opponents 10-5 in the tie-break.
In the second doubles match, Sylvester (Trinity) and Prossor started as favourites. Having lost the first set, their winning streak was on the line, but the Cambridge pair levelled proceedings. With another match tie-break, the mental strength of the Light Blues was being tested when Loughborough held four match points at 9-5. However, the Cambridge pair managed to turn the match around to win 4-6, 6-4, 13-11 and give the Light Blues a 10-2 overall victory.
With rivals Nottingham dropping points against Warwick, the Light Blues are currently top of the division.