Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville men’s and women’s tennis teams fought till the bitter end on Saturday but the Mount Olive Trojans earned wins of 6-3 and 5-4 over the Crusaders.
The women’s team earned a pair of wins in Saturday’s double’s as Camille Duhan and Fernanda de Lucca won 8-7 and Faith Moyers and Graysen Elms scored an 8-3 victory. The Trojans earned an 8-5 win in the first position, sending the game into single’s play with NGU leading 2-1.
Graysen Elms gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead with a win in the six spot in singles play as she earned a 6-1/6-0 victory. The Trojans would respond by winning the next two decisions as Duhan and de Lucca fell 6-2/6-2 and 6-1/6-3 as the Trojans evened the score at 3-3.
North Greenville tacked on another win in the four spot as Kylie Sandusky earned a 6-4/6-1 win but the Trojans escaped Saturday’s game with a league win after a 7-6/6-3 win in the fifth position and a hard fought 6-1/6-4/6-4 win in the one position.
The men dropped two of the three sets in double’s play as the Trojans took 8-3 and 8-5 wins in the first and second positions. Sjors van Eck and Edmundo Torres got the Crusaders on the goard with an 8-6 victory in the third spot to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Trojans as the team’s headed to single’s play.
The Crusaders looked to make up some ground and earn the win with a dominating singles showing, but the Trojans had other ideas, taking four of the six sets. One of North Greenville’s single’s points came from William Greaves who won a 6-1/4-6/7-6 decision in one of the most competitive matches of the day.
The Crusaders got one more win from van Eck who earned a solo win with a pair of 6-4-scores that cut the Mount Olive lead to 4-2 at the time. The Trojans earned wins over NGU’s two, three, and four positions with scores of 6-4/6-3, 6-1/0-6/6-3 and 6-1/6-0. Mount Olive got one more win in the sixth spot with a 6-4/7-5 win.
The men fell to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in league play while the women’s team fell to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will both travel to Tusculum College on February 28th for a 2pm first serve.