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Men's Tennis Falls to Furman, 5-2



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.

Singles competition
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)

Doubles competition
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


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.