Men's Tennis Falls to Presbyterian College, 4-3

April 19, 2012
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Zachary Sprouse's three-set win at #5 singles allowed #7 Presbyterian College to upset second-seeded UNC Asheville 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tennis Championships Thursday afternoon and evening at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.

Sprouse rallied to win his match, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 over Ryan Matthews to send PC into the semifinals for the first time in school history.

The victory by the seventh-seeded Blue Hose marks the first time a #7 seed has beaten a #2 seed in the tournament. PC (12-15) moves to the semifinals of the tournament on Friday against the winner of the Coastal Carolina-Liberty match this is going on right now.

Presbyterian College stunned the Bulldogs (13-11) early when the Blue Hose took the doubles point. PC got wins at #1 and #2 doubles. The team of Rafael Berghaus and Grayson Mills won, 8-5 and #2 team of Andrew Brigham and William O'Connell, 8-5. The Brigham-O'Connell team downed Adrien Langeard and Thomas Rees. It was the first league loss of the year for Langeard and Rees who entered the tournament with a 10-game winning streak.

In singles, Asheville  won at #2 from Matt Waissen to tie the match at 1-1. Waissen won handily over Berghaus, 6-2, 6-1.

But PC regained the momentum with two straight singles wins from William O'Connell at #3 and Gonzalo Asis at #6 to lead 3-1.

The Bulldogs battled back to tie the match at 3-3 with wins from Langeard at #1 and Rees rallied for a three-set win at #4.

Sprouse lost the first set to Ryan Matthews 6-4. He seemed to have control of the second set and sprinted to a 5-3 lead only to see Matthews roar back and take the lead 6-5.

But Sprouse was able to break Matthews serve to send the second set into a tie-breaker at 6-6. The two players exchanged points at 4-4 before Sprouse won the final three points to win the tie-breaker 7-4.

In the third set, the senior from PC won the first three games and last three games to give the Blue Hose its first ever Big South Tournament win.

Singles competition

1. LANGEARD, Adrien (ASH) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 7-5, 6-3

2. WAISSEN, Matt (ASH) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-2, 6-1

3. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. BROBECK, Jonas (ASH) 6-1, 6-3

4. REES, Thomas (ASH) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

5. SPROUSE, Zachary (PCM) def. MATTHEWS, Ryan (ASH) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. SCHUBEL, John (ASH) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) def. BROBECK, Jonas/WAISSEN, Matt (ASH) 8-5

2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. LANGEARD, Adrien/REES, Thomas (ASH) 8-5

3. SCHUBEL, John/CONATY, Pete (ASH) def. CROCKER, Nathan/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) 9-7


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