Winthrop 4, Liberty 3 *
While Liberty grabbed the early doubles point, Winthrop won four of the six singles matches, taking the Big South men's tennis contest, 4-3, Saturday at the Hershey Tennis Courts.
Liberty is 13-6 overall and 2-3 in Big South matches after the loss. Winthrop improves to 9-11 and 2-2 in Conference play this season with the victory.
The Flames continued their stellar doubles play for 2012, taking the two contested matches, while the Eagles defaulted in the No. 3 match. Siim Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi breezed through their No. 1 matchup to clinch the doubles point, taking an 8-1 win over Guy Kubi and Nadav Rippin. Shea Thomas and Tristan Stayt leapt out to a 6-2 lead in the No. 2 match. Dylan Comerford and Yuta Hirokawa climbed back a little, but the Flames closed the door with the 8-5 win. Both of Liberty's doubles duos clinched their 10th win of the season with the victories.
The Flames benefitted once again with a Winthrop default in the No. 6 match, to go up 2-0. However, Liberty only added one point from then on, as the visiting Eagles took four of the contested singles matches.
Winthrop took the first match to go final, as Comerford claimed the No. 4 contest. Mandeep Yadav responded for the Flames, by taking his match in the No. 6 position, 6-0, 6-2 over Chase Altieri.
The No. 1 and No. 3 matches went final next, as the visitors posted two more team points to tie the overall match, 3-3.
Meanwhile, in the No. 2 slot, the deciding match was forced into a third set. Thomas took the first set from Yuta Hirokawa, 6-2, but the Eagle squared the match with a 6-3 second set. With players and fans surrounding to watch the conclusion, Hirokawa jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Thomas took two of the next three games, but Hirokawa rebounded by taking the final two contests to claim the deciding set, 6-2, for the 4-3 victory.
The Flames return to the road on Tuesday, when they're slated to face Longwood at 1:30pm.
Gardner-Webb 5, Abraham Baldwin 2
Gardner-Webb men's tennis won four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-2 triumph over visiting Abraham Baldwin at home on Saturday.
GWU (6-11, 0-5) benefited from a solid group effort as six different Runnin' Bulldogs earned a win Saturday.
Due to weather concerns, singles were played first with doubles following immediately after.
Freshman Brendan Dempsey got things started with a win at No. 6 singles, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Stallions' Matthew Anglin. The win marked Dempsey's 10th of the year in singles play.
At the No. 3 singles slot, junior Roman Piftor took a 6-2, 6-0 win over Danio Faria, picking up his team-leading 11th win of the season.
Two more GWU freshmen picked up singles wins Saturday. At No. 5, Joao Poli bested Tim Kueckelhaus by a 6-3, 6-0 margin, and Ernest Alberch earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb was able to take the doubles point, taking wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Alberch and Matthew Parker teamed up for an 8-3 win over the Stallions' Kamil Oliver Snaider/Faria at No. 1 doubles. The duo of Dempsey and Blake Dunlap sealed the doubles point for GWU, taking an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Kuecklehaus/Symanski.
Gardner-Webb turns around for another home match tomorrow, hosting South Carolina St. Sunday's match is set for a 12:30pm start time.
Radford 6, Campbell 1 *
Radford continued its impressive run in Big South play with a 6-1 victory over Campbell in men's tennis action Saturday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.
The Highlanders, who have won 51 of their last 56 matches against league competition, improved to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the Conference.
With the doubles portion tied one win each, the Highlanders' top duo of Nicholas Sayer and Thomas Dehaen rallied from a 4-1 deficit and held off Adrien Rossignon and Josep Baro, 9-8 (2), to secure the team point. Igor Ogrizek and Stin Meulemans provided the other triumph with a convincing 8-3 decision on court three.
Joe Mills wasted little time pushing the Highlanders lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Iwdal August at the No. 5 singles position.
Shortly after Ogrizek (7-6 (5), 6-3) extended Radford's advantage to 3-0, Dehaen (6-3, 6-2) clinched the match with a straight-set win of his own on court four.
The Highlanders also got three-set singles victories from Meulemans (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) and Sayer (6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2)).
Sayer, who entered 78th in the ITA Rankings, improved to 25-7 on the season with his 12th consecutive win for Radford, which has won 51 of its last 53 at home.
Steven Billington provided the lone point for Campbell (7-9, 2-3 Big South), holding off Patrick O'Keefe, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-1, at the final singles position.
Radford will conclude its homestand tomorrow with a 1 p.m. dual against league-rival Winthrop. The Highlanders and Eagles have met in the last six Big South title matches, with Radford winning four of the last five.
CCU, UNC Asheville Match Postponed
The UNC Asheville men's and women's tennis matches at Coastal Carolina on Saturday were postponed due to rain in the Myrtle Beach area.
The teams will make the match up on April 14 at Coastal Carolina. The Bulldog men's team plays again on Tuesday in a key Big South Conference match vs. Gardner-Webb at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown starting at 2:30 p.m.
The women's team also hostgs Gardner-Webb this week. They'll face the Runnin Bulldogs on Wednesday at 2:30pm.