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Miko Eala (From Rafa Nadal Academy)

Miko Eala debuted in the US NCAA with a hard-earned singles victory for Pennsylvania State men’s tennis team Friday (Saturday in Manila).

Miko, the 18-year-old older brother of junior rising star Alex Eala, squeaked past University of Illinois’ Kweisi Kenyatte, 7-5, 4-6, 11-9.

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Eala’s triumph, however, was only one of the team’s two victories as Penn State fell to Illinois, 5-2.

The team yielded in four of its singles matches, as well as three in doubles.

The other victory came from Christian Lakoseljac, who swept No. 15 Alex Brown, 7-6 (12), 6-3.

Eala’s efforts earned an early praise from team head coach Jeff Zinn.

“I have good points and bad points to take away from the match,” said Zinn in an interview with the university’s official website.

“Good points are that Christian and our new freshmen, Miko Eala, played really well.”

The team seeks to regain bearings when it faces Northwestern on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

Eala has spent a few years as a scholar at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain along with his sister before jumping into the US collegiate scene.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/02/21/miko-eala-wins-first-us-ncaa-match/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=miko-eala-wins-first-us-ncaa-match)