BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team picked up its second Big South Conference win of the season on Tuesday with a 5-2 road win over Gardner-Webb University at the Webb Tennis Complex.
PC improves to 15-7 and 2-1 in the Big South while Gardner-Webb falls to 8-6 and 2-3 in league action. The Blue Hose will next face Liberty on the road on Thursday at 1 p.m. before battling Radford on Friday at 1 p.m.
After earning the doubles point, Gardner-Webb tied the match at the fourth flight with an Ernest Alberch victory. PC then responded by rattling off three straight singles victories, culminating in a gutsy William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) win over Roman Piftor at No. 2 to seal the match for the Blue Hose, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
The Blue Hose swept doubles action for their ninth straight doubles point. Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) began the match by rolling past Ernest Alberch and Nikita Zverkov at the second flight, 8-2. Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, England) and William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) followed by besting Benjamin Kaszas and Matt Parker at No. 1 to clinch the point, 8-3.
In singles play, Bruce picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kaszas at the third flight to put PC back ahead, 2-1, before Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) knocked off Dempsey at the sixth flight, 7-5, 6-2.
O’Connell sealed the result but Brigham added a three-set singles win to wrap up the day. Brigham pushed past Zverkov at the fifth flight, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2.
Mills delivered a tough match at the top flight before falling to Knutsson in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
1. Adam Knutsson (GWU) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
2. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Roman Piftor (GWU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
3. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) def. Benjamin Kaszas (GWU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-2, 6-2
5. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) def. Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2
6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) 7-5, 6-2
1. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Benjamin Kaszas/Matt Parker (GWU) 8-3
2. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. Ernest Alberch/Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 8-2
3. BRUCE, Danny/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) def. Adam Knutsson/Brendan Dempsey (GWU) 8-6