CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 defeat against Gardner-Webb in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship on Friday evening in Rock Hill, S.C. The Blue Hose finish the 2018 season with a 9-14 record overall.
Gardner-Webb grabbed the early advantage by claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. After a GWU win at No. 3, PC evened it up at 1-1 with Alejandro Bejar and Jaime Castillo-Lopez teaming up for a 7-5 win at No. 2. The Runnin’ Bulldogs took the point with a 7-5 win at No. 1 to take a 1-0 match lead.
GWU pushed the lead to 2-0, as Maximillian Scholl won the battle between first-team All-Big South selections on court one, 6-2, 6-2. Bejar then got PC on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 to make it 2-1. The win was the 61st of Bejar’s career, moving him in to sole possession of second place in PC D1 history in career singles wins.
A win at No. 5 gave GWU a 3-1 lead but PC got back-to-back wins to tie it at 3-3. Senior Brandon Mills ended his PC career with his 13th victory of the season, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory at No. 2, to win his fourth straight three-set match. Mills finishes his career with 51 career singles victories, good for sixth-most in PC’s D1 era.
Alberto Conde then came away with a three-set victory at No. 6, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, to even the match at 3-3. Ultimately, GWU’s Adam Schmidt held off PC’s Castillo-Lopez in three sets, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, to give the Bulldogs the 4-3 win to advance to the semifinals.