VOLLEY: On to the next round

PC men netters advancing in Big South tennis
SEMI-FINAL: Ultimately, Diego 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.

UPDATE: PC Edged by Coastal Carolina in Dramatic Big South Title Match

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The No. 2 seed Presbyterian College men’s tennis team put itself in a position to pull off the upset against top seeded Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon but the Chanticleers held on to take the match 4-3 and win the 2016 Big South Championship.

PC finishes the tournament as the runner up for the third time in the last five seasons. The title match was the closest yet for PC and was the first 4-3 Big South final since 2011.

The Blue Hose claimed the doubles point for the third straight match with victories on courts two and three. Second team All-Big South pair Danny Bruce and Ben Kelley claimed the match on court two, 6-4, for their eighth win of the season. Joel Roberts and Diego Manzanas then won on No. 3 for the third straight day, 6-2, to give PC the 1-0 advantage.

In singles, Coastal Carolina took the first match of the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win by Vuk Velickovic on court two to tie the match at 1-1. PC answered as Brandon Mills claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win on court two to give PC the 2-1 lead.

The Blue Hose extended the lead some time later with Diego Manzanas taking a three-set win at No. 5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Coastal Carolina would quickly tie the match at 3-3 with three-set wins on courts one and six, leaving the match on court three to decide the match.

With the match tied, Bruce and Leme battled in the third set to determine not only the match but who would take home the Big South title. Bruce took the opening game of the set but Leme pulled in front 4-1, needing just two more to put it away. Bruce would battle his way all the way back and tie it a 4-4, but Leme would prevail by taking the final two games to take the set 6-4 and give CCU the 4-3 win.

The Blue Hose end the season with 14 wins, which includes eight against Big South opponents, under first-year head coach Patrick Fediuk.  PC finished the regular season second in the Big South, its highest since winning the regular season title in 2014, with a 6-2 mark in conference. 

The Blue Hose also saw four players reach double-digit victories in singles play this season.

Coastal Carolina 4, Presbyterian 3

Singles
1. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (COASTALM) def. Alexander Lykou (PC) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
2. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (COASTALM) def. Alejandro Bejar (PC) 6-2, 6-3
3. LEME, Pedro (COASTALM) def. Danny Bruce (PC) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4
4. Brandon Mills (PC) def. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (COASTALM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Diego Manzanas (PC) def. TIMMERMAN, Rick (COASTALM) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
6. FARIA, Luiz (COASTALM) def. Ben Kelley (PC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

 

Doubles
1. LEME, Pedro/VELICKOVIC, Vuk (COASTALM) vs. Alexander Lykou/Brandon Mills (PC) 4-4, unfinished
2. Danny Bruce/Ben Kelley (PC) def. FARIA, Luiz/TIMMERMAN, Rick (COASTALM) 6-4
3. Joel Roberts/Diego Manzanas (PC) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor/SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (COASTALM) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,5,1,6,3)

 

PC Clips Campbell, 4-3, to Advance to Big South Semifinals

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.

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 they 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

Singles
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

Doubles
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)

 
PC will face the winner of Thursday’s UNC Asheville-Winthrop match Friday, 2 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. The Chanticleers held on to take the match 4-3 and win the 2016 Big South Championship. PC finishes the tournament as the runner up for the third time in the last five seasons. The title match was the closest yet for PC and was the first 4-3 Big South final since 2011.

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