GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team captured two singles wins on Sunday afternoon at Furman but fell to the Paladins at Mickel Tennis Center, 5-2.
PC moves to 4-6 overall on the year and 2-6 in the spring. The Blue Hose next face NC Central on Saturday in a 1 p.m. matchup before beginning Big South Conference play at Longwood on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. Furman improves to 2-4.
In singles action, Danny Bruce (Marietta, Ga.) picked up his second straight win while Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) earned his third consecutive victory. Bruce handled Tyler Droll at the fifth flight, 6-4, 6-1, while Asis bested Robbie Aru in straight sets as well, 6-0, 7-6. Asis led the second set by a 6-5 margin and held off the Paladin to get the result.
Furman clinched the victory with four singles wins, beginning as Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, England) fell to Matt Brown, 6-4, 6-2, at the fourth flight.
After Bruce’s win, Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) dropped two close sets to Jacob Behal at the third flight, 6-4, 6-4.
William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) then dropped a tough second-flight tilt to Joel Cook, 7-6, 6-3. At No. 1, Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) battled but fell to Andrew Mellow, 6-3, 7-6.
Furman took the doubles point by way of two close matches. Mellow and Cook edged Berghaus and Mills, 8-6, before Droll and Behal pushed past Asis and Nathan Crocker (Clinton, S.C.), 8-4. Though the Paladins clinched the point, Brigham and O’Connell grabbed a second-flight victory by holding off Browne and Richard Casagrande, 8-6. The victory marked the pair’s third doubles win of the season.
1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Joel Cook (FUR) def. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
3. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Matt Browne (FUR) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-4, 6-2
5. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) def. Tyler Droll (FUR) 6-4, 6-1
6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. Robbie Aru (FUR) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
1. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-6
2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Matt Browne/Richard Casagrande (FUR) 8-6
3. Tyler Droll/Jacob Behal (FUR) def. ASIS, Gonzalo/CROCKER, Nathan (PCM) 8-4