The Belmont Abbey men's tennis team earned a split this afternoon, as it dropped a 7-2 decision against Flagler, then earned a 5-4 victory over Coker. The Abbey is now 7-6 on the year.
The match against Flagler was played in Sumter, SC. Sophomore Grant Goldin won in three sets at #2 singles. Freshman George Barfoot provided the other Crusader victory of the match with a solid 6-0, 6-2 victory at #3 singles.
1. Lukas Stork (FC) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 6-2, 6-1
2. Grant Goldin (BAC) def. Tommaso Bagon (FC) 7-6, 3-6, 10-6
3. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Willy Hasselberg (FC) 6-0, 6-2
4. Felipe Carvalho (FC) def. Zachary Blythe (BAC) 6-0, 6-3
5. Charlie Castaing (FC) def. Carlos Nolasco (BAC) 2-6, 7-6, 10-4
6. Reid Burrows (FC) def. Jacob Andress (BAC) 7-5, 7-5
1. Lukas Stork/Felipe Carvalho (FC) def. James Delaney/George Barfoot (BAC) 8-4
2. Daniel Arrien/Willy Hasselberg (FC) def. Tomas Pardo/Michal Rapsik (BAC) 8-4
3. Luca Bolla/Konstantin Dustmann (FC) def. Jacob Andress/Carlos Nolasco 8-6
Against Coker, Belmont Abbey won two of the three doubles matches, marking the first time this season the Crusaders have accomplished that feat. Freshman Carlos Nolasco earned a very quick win at #6 singles by scores of 6-2, 6-0. Goldin rallied from being down 4-1 to come back and win his match in three sets. Three of the singles matches went into tiebreakers.
1. Mark Watt (CC) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 6-4, 6-4
2. Grant Goldin (BAC) def. Henrik Hellbe (CC) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Felix Schweyer (CC) def. James Delaney (BAC) 7-6, 6-3
4. Hunter Horton (CC) def. George Barfoot (BAC) 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
5. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Simon Bergbom (CC) 2-6, 6-0, 7-6
6. Carlos Nolasco (BAC) def. Dominic Allan (CC) 6-2, 6-0
1. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC) def. Henrik Hellbe/Hunter Horton (CC) 8-3
2. Simon Bergbom/Felix Schweyer (CC) def. Tomas Pardo/Michal Rapsik (BAC) 8-2
3. Grant Goldin/Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Mark Watt/Dominic Allan (CC) 8-2
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered the following comments on the Flagler match: "We played our best match of the season to date against Flagler, in terms of our consistency of play and overall level. We had 2 huge wins at #2 and #3 singles by Grant Goldin and George Barfoot, and a lot of other tight battles across the board."
Coach Salomon also addressed the action in Hartsville, stating: "I'm really proud of our effort today. The way we played reflects the beginning of the championship culture we are working hard to achieve and we look forward to continuing to develop that each match."
The Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday, March 11 when they face Brevard College in Hilton Head, SC.