GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's tennis team battled with ACC foe Clemson to open the 2018 season on Saturday, as the Blue Hose and Tigers saw five of the singles matches go to three sets with CU ultimately taking the 6-1 win.
PC took the first doubles match of 2018, as Alejandro Bejar and Luis Conde teamed up for a 6-3 win on court three. Clemson would take the remaining two doubles matches, 6-4 and 6-3, on courts one and two, respectively, to claim the doubles point.
In singles, Clemson took courts one and three in three sets to extend its lead to 3-0. Alexander Lykou took the opening set from CU’s Alex Favrot, 6-3, but Favrot took the final two sets, 6-2, 6-1, to take the match. On court three, CU’s Sam Edwards took the opening set, 7-5, with Brandon Mills answering by taking the second set, 7-5, to force a third. Edwards went on to take a close third, 6-4, to take the match.
PC got on the board with a win at No. 4, as Jaime Castillo-Lopez grinded out a three-set victory. The sophomore took the opening set, 6-3, before dropping a close second, 6-7 (7-9), but answered with a 7-6 win in the third to start the season 1-0.
Clemson clinched the match with a three-set win at No. 2, followed by a three-set win on court five and a win on court six.
The Blue Hose are back in action next week with a pair of road matches. PC faces NC Central on Saturday and East Carolina with both matches set for 11 a.m. in Greenville, N.C.