SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team recorded its first victory of the season on Thursday, topping USC Upstate, 4-3, in Spartanburg, S.C. to record its fifth straight win over the Spartans. PC improved to 1-4 on the year, while Upstate fell to 1-2 this season.
Upstate took an early lead in the match, taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. PC’s Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills opened the match with a 6-2 victory at No. 1. The Spartans would take courts two and three, 6-2 and 6-4, respectively, to claim doubles and take a 1-0 lead.
PC rallied early in singles play, though, taking each of the first three matches to finish to pull ahead. Brandon Mills started with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3 and Daniel Stenger followed with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 5. Jaime Castillo-Lopez then put PC within a point of clinching the match with a three-set win at No. 4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Upstate evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 and three-set win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 6. The decisive match came at No. 2, with Alejandro Bejar going to three sets with Upstate’s Francisco Neto. Neto took the opening set, 6-4, but Bejar answered by taking the second, 6-4. In the third, it was Bejar that emerged victorious, taking the final frame, 6-3, to give PC the 4-3 victory.
The Blue Hose return to action on Saturday with a home doubleheader, hosting Appalachian State at noon and Lee at 4 p.m. at the Templeton Tennis Courts.