Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s teams competed in various tournaments and dual matches over the course of the fall in preparation for their spring seasons.
The men’s team competed in the Gamecock Invitational, the Liberty Invitational, the ITA Regionals, the UTC Fall Invitational, the Pelham Racquet Club College Invite, and a pair of matches against North Greenville and Newberry. The Blue Hose swept North Greenville, 7-0, and defeated Newberry 6-1. At the Gamecock Invitational, freshman Nicholas McKinney won the C Flight Championship and sophomore Daniel Stenger and freshman Oscar Alvarez took home the C Flight Doubles Championship. McKinney and Stenger, as well as junior Jaime Castillo-Lopez and freshman Max Benson, competed in doubles at the ITA Regionals. All four also competed in singles at the ITA Regionals, with Stenger advancing to the 3rd round.
“We have had an incredibly hard working and productive fall season,” said head coach Patrick Fediuk. “I have been happy with a lot of our results for each player, including Nick winning his flight at USC, Danny and Oscar wining doubles at USC, through great results at Liberty and the regional where we won more matches as a group that any regional we have had as a program. I also loved our professionalism against Newberry and North Greenville on November 3rd. That was a big day for us as we are continuing to learn to compete as a team. We competed more this fall than we ever had, and have had fun doing it.”
“More important than our results though, has been every guy on the roster is committed to getting better every day,” continued Fediuk. “The results are the by-products of that commitment, but every guy has gotten better and continues to push the envelope in further improvement. This team will only get better and it has been a blast working with them. We are hungry for the team season, and I can’t wait to see the work the boys put in between now and January 4th.”
The women’s team competed at the Western Carolina Invite, ITA Regionals, Furman Duals, and a pair of matches against Newberry and Lander. The Blue Hose swept Newberry, 7-0, and defeated Lander 6-1. At the Furman Duals, PC had a pair of teams represent in the A Flight doubles. Senior Tracy Johnson and sophomore Samantha Calais, as well as senior Sydney Patton and freshman Jessica Leeman, dropped tightly contested semifinal matches. The combination of juniors Beth Taylor and Katie Thompson and sophomore Ella Rowley were the winners in the B Flight doubles. Patton and Thompson both won their Flight draws in singles play. The doubles pairings of Johnson and Calais and Taylor and Thompson competed at the ITA Regionals. Johnson and Taylor also played in the singles draw.
“I am very impressed with this team’s positive attitude, work effort, and team bonding,” said first year head coach Steve Brooks. “At the Furman Duals, they performed great both individually and as a team. They will put in the hard work needed for a successful spring.”
Court 1 of the Templeton Tennis Courts will be dedicated in memory of PC graduate and long-time men’s tennis coach Bobby McKee on Saturday. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.