CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team defeated Kennesaw State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Courts in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose improve to 4-7 on the year, while the Owls fall to 0-5 this season.
"This was an awesome college tennis match," said head coach Patrick Fediuk. "We have nothing but respect for KSU. They play hard and extremely fair and are so well coached. Our guys deserve credit for sigging deep, staying positive and pulling out a gutsy win. We've been working hard at practice day in and day out and it is rewarding to see the fruit of our hard work. We can't wait tomorrow to go against an excellent Charlotte team."
Kennesaw State took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Alejandro Bejar and Jaime Castillo-Lopez teamed up for a 6-2 win at No. 2 for the Blue Hose. KSU, though, took No. 3, 6-4, and pulled out a tightly contested match on court one, 7-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
PC would come out on top as the match turned to singles action. Alexander Lykou took court one, 7-6, 7-6, and Alejandro Bejar came out on top at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Daniel Stenger recorded a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 5. KSU’s two victories came at No. 2 and 4 and the match would ultimately hinge on the match at No. 6.
Will Baird dropped the opening set to KSU’s Tino Dahlem, 6-4, but rebounded to take the second set, 6-2 to even the match. Baird pulled it out with a 7-5 third set to take the match and give PC the 4-3 victory.
Blue Hose return to the courts on Saturday, traveling to Charlotte for a 2 p.m. match.