CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team will look to go 2-0 in Big South Conference play when the Blue Hose host Coastal Carolina on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Templeton Tennis Courts.
PC (14-6, 1-0 Big South) enters Thursday on a 10-match winning streak, the longest in the Division I era, after a pair of 6-1 defeats over Limestone and Coker on Saturday at home. Freshman Danny Bruce (14 overall wins) has won his last 11 singles matches while William O'Connell (13 overall wins) has won his last nine and Rafael Berghaus (12 overall wins) has taken his last eight. Gonzalo Asis also sports a 13-4 record on the year. Bruce and doubles partner Edward Snead IV have a 7-0 doubles record together.
The match will serve as a rematch of the 2012 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Semifinals when the seventh-seeded Blue Hose upset the third-seeded Chanticleers, 4-3. O’Connell won a third-set tiebreaker to clinch the victory and send PC to its first-ever Big South Championship final.
Coastal Carolina (5-5, 2-0 Big South) has alternated wins and losses in its past six matches but boasts a 2-0 league record with wins over Gardner-Webb and defending champion Radford. Garik Yedigarian leads the team with a 7-3 singles record while Matias Di Pasquale boasts a 5-5 marker.
Following Thursday’s match, PC will take on Gardner-Webb on Monday in Boiling Springs, N.C. at 1:30 p.m.