GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team fell to East Carolina, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon in Greenville, N.C. in its second match of the season. The Blue Hose fell to 1-1 on the year with the loss, while the Pirates remained unbeaten at 2-0.
The Pirates took two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. PC claimed a victory on No. 1, as Ben Kelley and Joel Roberts improved to 2-0 on the year with a 6-3 win at the top of the lineup. ECU would take the matches on courts two and three by scores of 6-3 and 6-4, respectively, to take a 1-0 match lead.
The two schools split the six singles, as ECU edged PC for the victory. ECU claimed the win on court one but Brandon Mills continued his strong play, going to 2-0 on the early season with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court two. ECU captured the matches at No. 3 and No. 4, ultimately clinching the match.
Kelley picked up a three-set victory for PC on court five. Kelly won the opening frame, 6-3, before ECU’s K. Coontee took set two, 6-3. Kelly was able to close it out in the third by a score of 6-3. On court six, Roberts played two tight sets but come out on top in both, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
PC returns to Clinton for its home opener on Wednesday, January 25, hosting USC Upstate at 3 p.m.