CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team successfully defended its home court on Wednesday, defeating USC Upstate 5-2 at the Templeton Tennis Courts. The Blue Hose improve to 2-1 on the year, while the Spartans drop to 0-1.
The Blue Hose claimed the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. Ben Kelley and Joel Roberts remained unbeaten at No. 1 doubles with a 6-3 win. Jaime Castillo-Lopez and Diego Manzanas put together a strong effort, winning 6-1 on court two to help PC to the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead.
PC would take the first four singles matches to clinch the match at 5-0 before USC Upstate claimed the final two of the day. Alejandro Bejar got it started for PC with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4. Castillo-Lopez earned his first collegiate victory in singles with a 6-0, 7-6 on court three, putting PC in front 3-0 at the time.
Brandon Mills followed later with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 to clinch the match for PC with three matches left. Kelley would make it a 5-0 advantage with 6-4, 6-4 win on court five. Both Mills and Kelley improved to 3-0 in singles on the year.
The final two matches of the day would be decided in three sets with USC Upstate coming out on top.
The Blue Hose return to action this weekend with a pair of road matches. They head to Appalachian State on Saturday at noon, before taking on Upstate foe Clemson at 4 p.m. on Sunday.