HILTON HEAD, SC - The Belmont Abbey men's tennis team went 2-0 today as it defeated Edinboro and Charleston (WV) both by scores of 5-4. The Abbey now stands at 10-6 on the season. Edinboro dipped to 7-3, while Charleston moved to 3-3. Edinboro is coming off a Sweet 16 season and is currenty ranked fifth in the Atlantic region.
In the morning match against Edinboro, the Abbey was strongest in singles competition, winning four of the six matches against the Fighting Scots. Freshman Zachary Blythe highlighted this match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at #5 singles. Freshman George Barfoot was also impressive, as he won his #4 singles match 6-3, 6-2.
Blythe and Grant Goldin teamed up for the sole doubles win for the Crusaders with an 8-5 win at the #3 spot.
1. Vitor Albanese (EDIN) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
2. Daniel Fernandez (EDIN) def. Grant Goldin (BAC) 4-6, 7-5, 10-6
3. James Delaney (BAC) def. Mauricio Santos (EDIN) 6-0, 7-5
4. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Mateus Santos (EDIN) 6-3, 6-2
5. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Kevin Mboko (EDIN) 6-3, 6-1
6. Carlos Nolasco (BAC) def. Kolja Hein (EDIN) 6-4, 6-2
1. Vitor Albanese/Mateus Santos (EDIN) def. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC) 9-8 (5)
2. Daniel Fernandez/Kevin Mboko (EDIN) def. Carlos Nolasco/Jacob Andress (BAC) 8-6
3. Grant Goldin/Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Mauricio Santos/Alexander Anderson (EDIN) 8-5
In the afternoon match against Charleston, the Crusaders took two of the three doubles matches from the Golden Eagles, highlighted again by Blythe and Goldin, who earned an 8-2 win at the #2 spot. In singles, Blythe had the quickest victory, getting the 6-3, 6-3 victory at the #4 spot.
1. Alec Foote (UC) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 6-2, 6-4
2. Ben Lakeman (UC) def. Grant Goldin (BAC) 7-5, 0-6, 10-4
3. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Alek Gracin (UC) 7-5, 6-2
4. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Dom Centofanti (UC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Carlos Nolasco (BAC) def. Jamie Gibson (UC) 6-7, 6-4, 10-4
6. Elliot Le Petit (UC) def. Jacob Andress (BAC) 6-2, 7-5
1. Alec Foote/Dom Centofanti (UC) def. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC) 8-5
2. Grant Goldin/Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Alek Gracin/Ben Lakeman (UC) 8-2
3. Jacob Andress/Michal Rapsik (BAC) def. Jason Prince/Elliot Le Petit (UC) 8-3
The Abbey will return to conference play on Friday when it visits King (TN) for a 1pm match.