By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas suffered its second loss in as many days in play at the Davis Cup Group III Americas competition in Escazu, Costa Rica.
The team suffered a 2-1 loss to Jamaica and fell to 0-2 in Pool B.
In singles play, Jamaica’s Rowland Phillips defeated Baker Newman 7-6(1), 7-5. Blaise Bicknell clinched the tie for Jamaiaca with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Spencer Newman.
The Bahamas found success in doubles play once again as team captain Marvin Rolle and Spencer Newman defeated Jacob Bicknell and John Chin 6-2, 6-2.
On day one, Paraguay scored a 2-1 win over The Bahamas.In singles play, Spencer Newman lost to Juan Borba 6-3, 6-4 and in match two, Kevin Major Jr retired after Adolfo Vallejo won the first set 7-5 through 57 minutes of play.
In doubles play, Rolle and Baker Newman emerged with a hard-fought, three-set win over Vallejo and Martin Vergara del Puerto 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
The Bahamas will face Costa Rica today, its final opponent in Pool B.
Paraguay leads the pool at 2-0 (5-1 in their match win-loss record) but Jamaica is also 2-0 (4-2). Both the Bahamas 0-2 (2-4) and Costa Rica 0-2 (1-5) remain winless.
Pool A includes Venezuela, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Panama.
Venezuela leads the pool at 2-0 (6-0), followed by Guatemala 1-1 (3-3), Panama 1-1 (2-4) and Puerto Rico 0-2 (1-5).
Venezuela, Jamaica and Paraguay were all relegated from Group II to Group III. Three teams are expected to advance to the World Group II Playoffs and two teams will be relegated to Americas Group IV.
The top team in the pool will earn an automatic promotion while the second-place finisher will play the second-place finisher in Pool A.
The winner of that matchup will also earn promotion.