LYNCHBURG, Va. – The second seeded Presbyterian College men’s tennis team took the final two singles matches of the day, both in three sets, to pull off the 4-3 victory over seventh seeded Campbell on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big South Men’s Tennis Championship in Lynchburg, Va.
The match would conclude in dramatic fashion with Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year Diego Manzanas providing the heroics for PC. With the match tied at 3-3, the outcome hinged on court five, as the third set went to a tiebreaker with the set locked at 6-6. Ultimately, Manzanas emerged victorious by a score of 8-6 to take the third and final set, 7-6, and give the Blue Hose the 4-3 victory.
PC advances to Friday’s semifinal round for the first time since 2014 when it fell to Campbell 4-3. The Blue Hose end a two-match losing streak to the Camels in the Big South Championship, after having faced CU in each of the last two tournaments. PC will face the winner of Thursday’s UNC Asheville-Winthrop match on Friday at 2 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
PC opened the match by clinching the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Second team All-Big South double pair Danny Bruce and Ben Kelley earned a 6-2 victory on court two. Joel Roberts and Manzanas then clinched the point with a close 7-5 victory on court three to put PC up 1-0.
Singles play would prove to be a battle with the two sides splitting the six matches. Campbell took the first with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on court four by Gerard Sola to even the match at 1-1. Bruce then won his eighth straight singles match with a 6-2, 7-5 win on court three to put PC back in front at 2-1.
Campbell took each of the next two matches to push the match score to 3-2. Dustin Werner took the match on court six with a 6-4, 7-5 advantage, while Lukas Schaefer claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 1 to put the Camels in front.
PC responded as Alejandro Bejar earned a hard-fought, three-set victory on court two, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Bejar’s victory tied it at 3-3 and put the match in the hands of Manzanas on court five. Manzanas had claimed set one, 6-3, before Campbell’s Jonathan O’Neal pushed back to take the second, 6-4. The two players went back-and-forth in the final frame but Manzanas was able to pull it out to give his team the win.
Presbyterian 4, Campbell 3
1. Lukas Schaefer (CAM) def. Alexander Lykou (PC) 7-5, 6-4
2. Alejandro Bejar (PC) def. Nicolas Rakitin (CAM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
3. Danny Bruce (PC) def. Lorenz Schwab (CAM) 6-2, 7-5
4. Gerard Sola (CAM) def. Brandon Mills (PC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Diego Manzanas (PC) def. Jonathan O'Neal (CAM) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Dustin Werner (CAM) def. Ben Kelley (PC) 6-4, 7-5
1. Lorenz Schwab/Jonathan O'Neal (CAM) def. Alexander Lykou/Brandon Mills (PC) 6-3
2. Danny Bruce/Ben Kelley (PC) def. Nicolas Rakitin/Gerard Sola (CAM) 6-2
3. Joel Roberts/Diego Manzanas (PC) def. Giorgi Datashvili/Lukas Schaefer (CAM) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,1,2,5)