ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In a match that came down to the final set tiebreaker, the No. 7 seed Presbyterian College earned a 4-3 victory over the No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina at the 2012 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship on Friday afternoon at Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.
With the match tied at 3-3 PC’s William O’Connell outlasted Coastal’s Yusuke Kusuda for the decisive flight, as O’Connell won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) to give the Blue Hose the win.
PC improves to 13-15 overall while Coastal falls to 14-6.
Presbyterian began the match strong, earning the doubles point on a pair of 8-5 victories by the teams of Rafael Berghaus and Grayson Mills along with Andrew Brigham and O’Connell.
Coastal’s Garik Yedigarian tied the match at 1-1 with a victory in No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Mills regained the lead for the Blue Hose with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot before the Chanticleers’ Leo Christofides tied the match up once again with a 6-2, 7-5 win in No. 2 singles.
With the match tied at two sets apiece, John Karle of Coastal gave the Chants a 3-2 lead with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win at the No. 6 spot. PC would tie things up once again with a victory in the No. 5 singles, as Zachary Sprouse earned a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win.
The No. 3 singles match between O’Connell and Kusuda came down to a bit of good fortune for the Blue Hose, as O’Connell’s last return hit the top of the tape, bounced up and then tumbled over for the point.
The Blue Hose will now face the No. 1 seed Radford in the championship match, scheduled for 1 p.m. Due to inclement weather expected in the Asheville area, the final match will either take place at Asheville Racquet Club Downtown or Asheville Racquet Club South.
Presbyterian College 4, Coastal Carolina University 3
1. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. HEIDECKER, Danny (COASTALM) 6-1, 6-1
2. CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (COASTALM) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-2, 7-5
3. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. KUSUDA, Yusuke (COASTALM) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8)
4. YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTALM) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-2, 6-0
5. SPROUSE, Zachary (PCM) def. DI PASQUALE, Matias (COASTALM) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
6. KARLE, John (COASTALM) def. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
1. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. HEIDECKER, Danny/KUSUDA, Yusuke (COASTALM) 8-5
2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. DI PASQUALE, Matias/YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTALM) 8-5
3. BARR, Sam/KARLE, John (COASTALM) vs. CROCKER, Nathan/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) 4-6, unfinished