GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team and Furman battled to the very end but ultimately the Paladins held off the Blue Hose for a 4-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose fall to 3-5 on the season, while the Paladins improve to 3-1 on the year.
“All the credit to Furman today,” said head coach Patrick Fediuk. “They were so tough in big moments and we tried everything. We didn’t get it done today but I’m so proud of this group. We lost the doubles point and six first sets and we just fought and fought and fought. We live for those moments and it was so much fun for everyone involved. We will be back tomorrow ready to get back to work and I hope we get in that same situation again soon!”
Furman opened the matches with wins on courts two and three to take the doubles point. PC took the first match when Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills recorded a 6-2 victory at No. 1. The Paladins would take both of the remaining two matches, 6-2, to grab a 1-0 lead.
Furman made it a 2-0 lead with Dreg Singerman recording a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 4. PC would take the next three matches, all in three sets, to take a lead. Mills won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, Alejandro Bejar won 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Lykou won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1, giving PC a 3-2 lead.
The match would ultimately hinge on court five, after Furman’s Alex Steryous recorded a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 to tie it at 3-3. Daniel Stenger, the reigning Big South Freshman of the Week, battled with Jake Bhangdia. Bhangdia took the opening set, 6-4, but Stenger overcame an early deficit in set two to take it 6-4 and even the match at 1-1. Bhangdia pulled ahead to a 5-2 lead in set three but Stenger rallied to even it up at 5-5. Bhangdia managed to take the final two games to take the set 7-5 and give Furman the match 4-3.
The Blue Hose return to action on Saturday, traveling to former Big South foe Coastal Carolina for a 1 p.m. match.