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College of Charleston Clips Men's Tennis, 4-3


CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team grabbed three singles wins but the visiting College of Charleston Cougars took home a narrow win on Saturday afternoon, 4-3.

PC moves to 4-5 on the year and 2-5 in the spring. The Blue Hose will have a quick turnaround for their next opponent as the team travels to Furman on Sunday for a 1:30 matchup with the Paladins. College of Charleston improves to 2-1.

The Cougars took doubles and won three of the first four singles matches to conclude in clinching the win.

Freshman Danny Bruce (Marietta, Ga.) made a strong statement to open singles play at the fifth flight. Bruce cruised past Zack Lewis, 6-1, 6-2, evening the day’s score at 1-1.

Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) toughed out a third-flight win over Crescente Lesser, falling in the first set, 4-6, before storming back to take the second set and tiebreaker by 6-3, 10-8 margins.

In the day’s final match, Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) played to a thrilling finish against Alon Faiman. Asis pulled out the opening set, 7-6, before falling in the second, 5-7. The Blue Hose then took the tiebreaker in convincing fashion, 10-3.

In other singles action, Grayson Mills (Liburn, Ga.) and Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, England) dropped their matches by identical 6-1, 6-3 scores while William O’Connell fell at the second flight to Sebastian Lopez, 6-3, 6-1.

PC showed improvement in doubles play. Berghaus and Mills lost a close match at No. 1 to Brice Allanic, 8-5, and Asis and Nathan Crocker (Clinton, S.C.) fell short against Billy Kenny and Lewis, 8-4.

Singles competition
1. Brice Allanic (COFC) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 6-1, 6-3\
2. Sebastian Lopez (COFC) def. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 6-3, 6-1
3. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) def. Crescente Lesser (COFC) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Charlie Ghriskey (COFC) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-1, 6-3
5. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) def. Zack Lewis (COFC) 6-1, 6-2
6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. Alon Faiman (COFC) 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3)

Doubles competition
1. Brice Allanic/Sebastian Lopez (COFC) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-5
2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) vs. Charlie Ghriskey/Alon Faiman (COFC) unfinished
3. Billy Kenny/Zack Lewis (COFC) def. ASIS, Gonzalo/CROCKER, Nathan (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.