CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Presbyterian College men's tennis team (24-6) finished the season with a 7-1 Big South record to claim its first-ever Big South Men’s Tennis Regular-Season Championship, it was determined today as the Conference season concluded this afternoon. The Blue Hose earn the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history in the upcoming Big South Men’s Tennis Championship, which will be contested on the campus of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.
PC beat preseason predictions that the team would finish fifth en route to Division I records in overall wins (24), Big South wins (seven), individual singles wins in a season (Grayson Mills, 22) and most doubles wins in a season (Diego Manzanas, 22).
The Blue Hose will play their first match on Wednesday at 8 a.m. against the winner of Tuesday's play-in match between UNC Asheville and Longwood.
Winthrop earned the No. 2 seed with a 6-2 Conference mark. Liberty and Campbell finished Big South play with identical 5-3 records. In the tiebreaker procedure, the Flames claimed the No. 3 spot and the Camels took the No. 4 seed. Radford, Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each finished with a 4-4 record in League play. By virtue of head-to-head tiebreakers, the Highlanders earn the No. 5 position having gone 2-0 against the Chanticleers and the Runnin’ Bulldogs this season. CCU takes sixth place having split with RU and GWU and Gardner-Webb is the No. 7 seed. UNC Asheville picked up the No. 8 seed as it finished with a 1-7 League record, while Longwood rounds out the seeding with its 0-8 record against Conference opponents.
The 2014 Big South Men’s Tennis Championship begins Tuesday, April 15 with one match, and concludes with the Championship contest on Friday, April 18. The Big South’s tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The Big South Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, April 15 - First Round
Match 1: No. 8 UNC Asheville vs. No. 9 Longwood, 8:00am ET
Wednesday, April 16 - Quarterfinals
Match 2: No. 1 Presbyterian College vs. Winner Match 1, 8:00am ET
Match 3: No. 4 Campbell vs. No. 5 Radford, 8:00am ET
Match 4: No. 2 Winthrop vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 11:30am ET
Match 5: No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 Coastal Carolina, 11:30am ET
Thursday, April 17 - Semifinals
Match 6: Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3, 10:00am ET
Match 7: Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5, 10:00am ET
Friday, April 18 - Championship
Match 8: Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7, 2:00pm ET