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Blue Hose Men's Tennis Drops Narrow Contest to Troy, 4-3


CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team dropped its spring home opener in a nail-biter, falling to Troy on Friday afternoon, 4-3.

PC moves to 2-2 on the year and 0-2 in the spring. Troy begins its season at 1-0.

The Blue Hose won three singles matches and the day came down to Danny Bruce (Marietta, Ga.) at the fifth flight against Sami Ghorbel. Bruce prevailed in the opening set, 7-6, before dropping the second by a narrow 7-5 margin. Ghorbel edged the Blue Hose in the final set, 6-3, to seal the win for the Trojans.

After dropping the opening doubles point, PC answered with a strong showing in singles action. Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) breezed past Anas Rouchdi at the top flight, 6-3, 6-0, while William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) dispatched Andre Stabile at No. 2 to the tune of 6-4, 6-3.

Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, England) won the day’s only other three-set match over Mansingh Athare at the fourth flight. Brigham fell behind after an opening 6-4 loss but recovered, knocking off Athare with 6-4 and 6-3 victories in the second and third sets.

Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) dropped a tough match at No. 3 to Daniel Bustamente, 6-4, 7-6, and Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) took a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Tadju Davies.

In doubles action, Mills and Berghaus came up short against Ghorbel and Stabile in the top doubles pairing, 8-6. Bustamente and Rouchdi pushed past Nathan Crocker (Clinton, S.C.) and Edward Snead IV (Greenwood, S.C.) to take the doubles point, 8-4.

The Blue Hose return to action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. road match at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

Singles competition

1. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. Anas Rouchdi (TROY) 6-3, 6-0
2. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Andre Stabile (TROY) 6-4, 6-3
3. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-4, 7-6
4. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) def. Mansingh Athare (TROY) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Sami Ghorbel (TROY) def. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
6. Tadju Davies (TROY) def. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Sami Ghorbel/Andre Stabile (TROY) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-6
2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) vs. Patrick Eichler/Mansingh Athare (TROY) unfinished
3. Daniel Bustamante/Anas Rouchdi (TROY) def. CROCKER, Nathan/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) 8-4

CLINTON, S.C. Women's basketball's Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) and men's basketball's William Truss (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for their accomplishments on the court for the week ending December 9.