WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The top-seeded Presbyterian College men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinal round of the Big South Championship for the fifth time in the last six seasons with a 4-1 win over No. 8 seed Liberty on Wednesday morning at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C. PC improves to 16-10 on the year, while Liberty ends the season with a 7-15 record.
The Blue Hose claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three with the remaining the match going unfinished. Second team All-Big South pair Ben Kelley and Joel Roberts recorded a 6-2 victory on court one with fellow second team pair Diego Manzanas and Jaime Castillo-Lopez recording a 6-1 victory to give PC the 1-0 lead.
PC got singles started by taking each of the first two matches. First team All-Big South selection Kelley improved to 20-3 on the season with a 6-2, 6-0 victory on court four. The senior is the just the fifth player in PC’s Division I history to reach 20 wins in a single season.
Second team All-Big South player Alejandro Bejar then extended his winning streak to nine with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court five to remain unbeaten against Big South opponents this year and give PC a 3-0 lead. Liberty got its lone point of the match with 6-3, 6-0 win on court one by Chase Burton to make it a 3-1 lead.
Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year Manzanas clinched the match with 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 3 to give PC the 4-1 victory. The remaining two matches went unfinished with Brandon Mills up a set at No. 2, after taking the first 7-6, and Castillo-Lopez just shy of winning his eighth straight match, leading 7-5, 5-2 on court six.
PC advances to Thursday’s semifinal round and will face the winner of No. 4 seed Longwood and No. 5 seed Winthrop at noon. The Blue Hose earned victories over both during the regular season, topping the Lancers, 6-1, in Farmville, Va. and the Eagles, 5-2, at home in Clinton.