CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the road for a pair of Big South Conference matches in Virginia as both teams face Liberty on Thursday at 1 p.m. before battling Radford on Friday at 2 p.m.
The PC women’s team brings a 7-9 record to Virginia and the squad looks to grab their first win in Big South Conference action (0-3). The Blue Hose have won three of their last five matches with wins over Saginaw Valley State, Wofford and Albany but fell on Friday to Charleston Southern in the first match of a four-match road swing.
Caroline deLoach (Columbia, S.C.) leads the team with eight singles wins while Patricia Alves (Campinas, Brazil) and Greer Ransom (Greer, S.C.) follow with seven each. deLoach and Alves also pace the Blue Hose with eight doubles wins apiece.
The Blue Hose stand three wins shy of reaching the team’s Division I era record, set last season. PC will aim to grab its first-ever win against the Flames in Lynchburg in the fourth meeting at Liberty.
Liberty women’s tennis hosts Radford on Wednesday and enters with a 7-7 overall record and a 4-2 marker in Big South Conference play after winning seven of their last 10 matches. The Flames topped Gardner-Webb last wek, 4-3, following losses to Winthrop (0-7) and East Carolina (3-4). Nicola Wellman’s eight matches—mostly at the fifth flight—lead the team while the duo of Jessie Boda and Brittany Yang have compiled a 10-3 doubles record at No. 2.
Radford women’s tennis takes a 3-10 overall record and a 0-3 league record into Wednesday’s match at Liberty before hosting PC on Friday. The Highlanders have dropped their last four matches after a two-match win streak that saw them top UT-Arlington and Lamar. Meg Napolitano boasts a 3-0 Big South record and a 7-6 record at the fourth flight. Taylor Newman has won her last six matches at No. 2.
The PC men’s team takes a 15-7 record to Virginia (2-1 in the Big South) following a 5-2 road win over Gardner-Webb on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Hose have won 11 of their last 12, a streak that includes nine straight doubles points.
The team's 15 wins has already set a Division I-era best for the program and Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) has won his last seven singles contests and shares the team lead in singles wins with Danny Bruce, at 15. The pair’s victories on Tuesday also set a new Division I-era record, besting William O’Connell’s (Nadi, Fiji) 14 singles wins last season.
PC enters Thursday with a. 84-41 singles record and a 38-24 doubles record on the year.
Liberty men’s tennis will look to halt a five-match losing streak on Thursday against PC, bringing a 9-6 overall record (2-2 in the Big South) into the matchup. The Flames fell to Gardner-Webb on Saturday, 6-1, after coming up short a Winthrop, 4-3. Shea Thomas leads the team with 11 singles wins thanks to a 10-4 record at the second flight while teammate Siim Tuus owns a 10-4 marker at No. 1.
Radford men’s tennis owns a 3-9 record on the season and a 0-3 league record following four straight losses, including a 5-2 defeat at UNC Asheville on Saturday. Coastal Carolina and Campbell edged the Highlanders earlier in the season by 4-3 margins and Nicholas Sayer, Thomas Dehaen and Stijn Meulemans lead the team with nine singles wins apiece. Dehaen and Sayer bring an 8-7 doubles record together into Friday and a 2-1 marker in Big South doubles matches at the top flight.