WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team advanced to the Big South Championship Match for the second straight season, topping Winthrop, 4-1, in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Blue Hose improve to 17-10 on the season, while the Eagles end the season at 8-13.
PC will make its fourth appearance in the Big South Championship Match on Friday and finds itself in the finals for the second straight season under second-year head coach Patrick Fediuk. The Blue Hose also previously advanced to the finals in 2012 and 2013. They will face No. 3 seed Campbell in the title match at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Presbyterian clinched the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. Ben Kelley and Joel Roberts claimed court two, 6-2, and Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills took court one 6-4 to give PC the 1-0 lead. Jamie Castillo-Lopez and Diego Manzanas led 5-3 on court three but the match went unfinished.
In singles, Winthrop’s Diego Quiroz claimed the match on court one, 6-2, 6-3, to tie the match at 1-1. PC would take the next three matches for the win. Manzanas recorded his 10th singles win of the year with a 6-4, 6-3 decision on court three.
Castillo-Lopez then won his eighth straight match with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 victory at No. 6 to put PC one match away from playing for the championship. Alejandro Bejar gave PC its second straight championship berth with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court five to extend his winning streak to 10 matches and end the match for the 4-1 PC victory.
Looking ahead to Friday’s championship match, PC earned a 4-3 victory over Campbell during the regular season in a match that proved pivotal to the Blue Hose winning the regular season championship. The two have met in the Big South Championship in each of the last four seasons, including last season in the semifinals with PC recording a 4-3 victory. The two have split the four meetings with PC winning in 2016 and 2013.