AUSTIN, Texas – The Presbyterian College men's tennis saw its season come to an end at the NCAA Championships on Friday, falling to 10th-seeded Texas, 4-0, in the first round at the Caswell Tennis Center in Austin, Texas. The Blue Hose finish the season with an 18-11 overall record, while the Longhorns improved to 20-8.
PC pushed Texas all the way in doubles action. The Longhorns took the early lead with a 6-0 victory on court three by Colin Markes and Harrison Scott. PC evened the score with a 6-4 victory on court two, as Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills led for much of the match, with court one deciding the doubles point.
Court one featured a back-and-forth battle between PC's Ben Kelley and Joel Roberts and the Longhorns' George Goldhoff and Leo Telles. Goldhoff and Telles pulled out to a 4-3 advantage but Kelley and Roberts claimed a break point and held serve to take a 5-4 lead and a chance to clinch. The Longhorns held serve to even the match at 5-5, before earning a break point to pull ahead 6-5 and eventually serving for the win, 7-5, to give UT the 1-0 lead.
In singles, Texas claimed the first three matches to clinch the matches. Scott took court two, 6-0, 6-0, and Christian Sigsgaard followed just a few moments with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on court one, giving UT a 3-0 lead. Rodrigo Banzer ended the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court six.
PC played the Longhorns close on courts three and five. Diego Manzanas held serve throughout the first set, before falling in the opening frame, 6-4. Alejandro Bejar pushed the score to 6-6 in the first set and was just two points away from winning the set when the match came to end.
The season comes to a close for the Blue Hose after capturing the first Big South Tournament Championship in PC history and making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament under second-year head coach Patrick Fediuk. The team swept both the regular season and tournament championships for the first time in program history as well.
The senior class departs as one of the most accomplished in the program history, winning two Big South Regular Season Championships, a Big South Tournament Championship and making an NCAA Tournament appearance. The trio of Kelley, Manzanas and Roberts also contributed to the team's 23-8 record in Big South regular season matches over the past four seasons.
Kelley concludes his career as the winningest player in PC's Division I era history in both singles and doubles, while Manzanas is second and third, respectively, in the two categories. Roberts, the team captain for 2017, finishes his career in the top 10 in doubles victories in PC's Division I era.