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PC Upends No. 2 Campbell to Advance to Big South Championship Match

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team engineered a rally to remember in its semifinal match on Saturday morning, as Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) rallied from down 3-1 in the third set of a deciding third-flight match to push PC past No. 2 Campbell into the championship match of the 2013 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship. The Blue Hose will square off against top-seeded Coastal Carolina at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Campbell led 3-2 on Friday before rain halted play at 3:08 p.m. The match resumed at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the Blue Hose received clutch wins from William O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) and Berghaus to seal the win.

PC improves to 21-9 and will look to defeat the Chanticleers, who went through the league season undefeated. Coastal edged PC in a nail-biter on March 21 in Clinton, 4-3. Campbell sees its season end at 14-7.

O’Connell led 1-0 in the third set and cruised past Adrien Rossignon at the second flight, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-1. The win tied the dual match at 3-3 and shifted all attention to No. 3 singles and the match between Berghaus and Steven Billington. Berghaus had fallen behind on Friday afternoon in the third set, 3-1, but the rejuvenated junior rallied to knock off the Camel, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 and give PC the semifinal victory.

PC captured a doubles win at No. 3 as Edward Snead IV (Greenwood, S.C.) and Danny Bruce (Marietta, Ga.) knocked off Steven Billington and Rik Van Gerwen, 8-2, before the Camels responded with a pair of victories to clinch the doubles point. Fernando Guillen and Rossingnon defeated Andrew Brigham (Birmingham, Germany) and O’Connell at No. 1 and Josep Baro and David Clavera sealed the point by topping Berghaus and Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) at No. 2, 8-2.

The first singles win came at the fourth flight from PC.  Bruce dispatched David Clavera in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, before Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) gave PC another win at No. 6 in a 6-3, 6-1 verdict over Van Gerwen.

Fernando Guillen then pulled the Camels even with a No. 1 win over Mills, 6-1, 6-3. Teammate Baro followed at the fifth flight with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Brigham.

Singles competition
1. Fernando Guillen (CAM) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 6-1, 6-3
2. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Adrien Rossingnon (CAM) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-1
3. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) def. Steven Billington (CAM) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
4. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) def. David Clavera (CAM) 6-1, 6-1
5. Josep Baro (CAM) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-2, 6-2
6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. Rik Van Gerwen (CAM) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Fernando Guillen/Adrien Rossingnon (CAM) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 8-6
2. Josep Baro/David Clavera (CAM) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-2
3. BRUCE, Danny/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) def. Steven Billington/Rik Van Gerwen (CAM) 8-2

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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.