CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team used four singles wins to get past Liberty, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Courts on what ultimately served as Senior Day for PC. The Blue Hose improved to 4-2 in Big South play, while handing the Flames their first conference loss to drop them to 4-1 in league action.
“Just another fantastic college tennis match,” said head coach Patrick Fediuk. “Liberty has improved so much and is so well coached. (Head coach) Derek (Schwandt) and (assistant coach) Beck (Pennington) are doing a great job with that program.
“Our guys just have so much pride and respect for the program. They continue to dig deep and compete when the chips are down. I couldn’t be prouder of this group and we will be right back to work getting ready for a good Newberry team on Monday!”
The Flames grabbed the doubles point to take an early 1-0 advantage, winning on courts one and two with the third going unfinished. PC answered in singles play though, taking each of the first two to finish.
Daniel Stenger got it started with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 5, as he remained unbeaten in Big South play at 6-0. Jaime Castillo-Lopez followed with a three-set win at No. 4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, to give PC a 2-1 advantage. Liberty took the next two matches on courts six and three, pulling back in front at 3-2.
The final two matches of the day, both decided in three sets, would go in favor of PC. Senior Brandon Mills, after dropping the first set, 6-0, rallied to take the final two, 7-5, 6-3, to tie the match at 3-3. Fellow senior Alexander Lykou came out on the wrong end of the first set, 7-6, but battled back to take the final two, 6-4, 6-4, to close out the match and give the Blue Hose the 4-3 win.
PC is slated to return to action on Monday, hosting Newberry at 3 p.m. at the Templeton Tennis Courts.