CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team ran its winning streak to seven in a row with a thrilling victory over the visiting Furman Paladins on Tuesday afternoon, 4-3.
PC improves to 9-1 and stays at home to host Kennesaw State (10 a.m.) and Spartanburg Methodist (2:30 p.m.). Furman falls to 5-4.
The Blue Hose swept doubles play to go ahead early. Diego Manzanas (Madrid, Spain) and Grayson Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) grabbed a third-flight win over Ben Horst and Matt Browne for the day’s first result, and the rookie pair of Ryan Miller (Norcross, Ga.) and Ben Kelley (Weaverville, S.C.) handled Alex Christ and Joel Cook at No. 2 in an 8-4 win.
Rafael Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and reigning Big South Conference The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week Joel Roberts (Summerville, S.C.) took care of business at the top flight over Jacob Behal and Adam Steryous at No. 1 to complete the sweep.
Furman evened the dual match with a sixth flight win, but PC answered with Miller toughing out a three-set victory over Horst, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Mills followed by downing Browne at No. 1 in straight sets to give the Blue Hose a two-point lead with a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 decision.
After a loss at the second flight, the Blue Hose turned to the freshman Kelley to seal the victory and the newcomer did not disappoint. Kelley pulled out an impressive tiebreaker in the third set over Sheppard for a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 win to capture the match for PC.
Furman won the last match in three sets, but the result had been decided.
1. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-2, 7-6
2. Adam Steryous (FUR) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
3. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. ROBERTS, Joel (PCM) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
4. MILLER, Ryan (PCM) def. Ben Horst (FUR) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. KELLEY, Ben (PCM) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6
6. Joel Cook (FUR) def. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) 6-3, 6-4
1. BERGHAUS, Rafael/ROBERTS, Joel (PCM) def. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) 8-5
2. MILLER, Ryan/KELLEY, Ben (PCM) def. Alex Christ/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-4
3. MANZANAS, Diego/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. Ben Horst/Matt Browne (FUR) 8-4