Campbell Moves To Day Two Of Big South Championship

April 19, 2012
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - #4 seeded-Campbell moved into the semifinals of the Big South Conference men’s tennis championship with a hard-fought 4-1 victory over #5-seeded Winthrop Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the tournament that is being held at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.

The Camels (11-10) will now face top-seeded Radford Friday morning at 10 a.m.

The teams split at #1 doubles with the doubles point come down to #3 doubles. Campbell’s team of Steven Billington-Iwdal Augst battled hard with Winthrop’s team of Liran Levy and Rich Meade. The Eagles had two match points and led 7-6 before the Camels rallied to win the game.  The match went to a tie-break with Campbell winning 7-4 to grab a 1-0 lead.

In singles, Levy had to retire after the first set to Josep Baro to give the Camels a 2-0 lead at #5 flight. Baro won the first set 6-3. Campbell made it 3-0 when Fernado Guillen downed Guy Kubi at #2 flight, 6-0, 6-2.

The fourth and winning point was much for the Camels to get, Meade kept Winthrop alive with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Ondrej Kralik. Meade trailed in the second set 5-1 but roared back to win the final six games to get the Eagles their lone point.

At #4 singles, Steven Billington of Campbell won the first set 6-2 but had to go to a tie-breaker against Dylan Comerford. Billington seemed to have the tie-breaker in good shape as he led 6-1 needed one point to clinch the win for the Camels. But Comerford fought off four match points to cut the lead to 6-5. Finally Billington got Comerford to hit a volley into the net to give the Camels the well-earned victory.


Singles competition

1. ROSSIGNON, Adrien (CAMM) vs. RUPPIN, Nadav (WU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0, unfinished

2. GUILLEN, Fernando (CAMM) def. KUBI, Guy (WU) 6-0, 6-2

3. CLAVERA, David (CAMM) vs. HIROKAWA, Yuta (WU) 4-6, 5-3, unfinished

4. BILLINGTON, Steven (CAMM) def. COMERFORD, Dylan (WU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

5. BARO, Josep (CAMM) def. LEVY, Liran (WU) 6-3, retired

6. MEADE, Rich (WU) def. KRALIK, Ondrej (CAMM) 6-4, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. RUPPIN, Nadav/COMERFORD, Dylan (WU) def. BARO, Josep/ROSSIGNON, Adrien (CAMM) 8-6

2. GUILLEN, Fernando/CLAVERA, David (CAMM) def. HIROKAWA, Yuta/KUBI, Guy (WU) 8-5

3. BILLINGTON, Steven/AUGUST, Iwdal (CAMM) def. LEVY, Liran/MEADE, Rich (WU) 9-8 (7-4)


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