CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team kicks off its spring season on Saturday afternoon with matchup at South Carolina at 4 p.m.
The Blue Hose enter the spring at 2-0 after knocking off Spartanburg Methodist College and Newberry in September.
PC will aim to improve on its success from last season that saw the squad become the first No. 7 seed to win a match in the Big South Conference Championship, upsetting No. 2 UNC Asheville and No. 3 Coastal Carolina on the way to an historic runner-up finish.
A trio of seniors returns for the Blue Hose as Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, England), William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) and Edward Snead IV (Greenwood, S.C.) head into their final seasons at PC. O’Connell set a new school Division I record last season with his 14 singles wins, primarily at the second and third flights. Brigham grabbed three Big South wins and Snead proved to bolster the lineup throughout the season.
The Blue Hose also return their top two players in Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.). Mills compiled a 4-2 record in Big South Conference matches while Berghaus went 9-7 in top flight-matches. Both cracked the 10-win plateau as well.
Three newcomers join the squad in P.H. Broyhill (Hickory, N.C.), Danny Bruce (Marietta, Ga.) and Steven Weaver (Charleston, S.C.). Broyhill, a two-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection, went undefeated as a senior at Christ School and served as team captain for all four years. Weaver won region three times at Bishop England High School and finished as a runner-up in the Lower State Championship. Bruce came to PC ranked as a four-star recruit by way of a No. 88 national ranking and a No. 22 ranking in the Southeast and guided his Walton High School squad to four region championships and two state runner-up finishes.
GoBlueHose.com will have results and recaps from all of PC’s matches this season.