Friday, March 6, 2009

Men’s tennis defeated Carson Newman College today at their home courts in Greer, S.C. It was a very close match and both teams played very well, but it was the Crusaders, who came out victorious with a win of 5-4.

The newest member of the team, Timur Kamilou, seems to be quite the complementary addition to North Greenville’s already exceptionally skilled line-up. Kamilou not only won in singles but doubles as well, with his slightly under-the-weather partner Gabriel Altmayer. Senior, William Ho had an excellent day also, with wins in both doubles and singles, like Kamilou.

However, it was the exciting number two singles match of Juan Carlos Aguilera that was really the deciding factor for the Crusader conquest. It was back and forth – win, loss, win – for Aguilera and his opponent. He won the first 7-5, lost the second 6-3, and won the final game with an impressive and swift 6-1.

Due to Altmayer’s illness, Coach Mark Elliot pulled him out after his doubles match with Kamilou and put in junior Thomas Clack, at the number four slot. Clack did not win but it was exciting, being that it was his first match of the season. “I thought he played very well,” commented Elliot.

Number five, Vasques, had a very close singles match, which went three sets before he lost. However, Vasques did not go away empty handed, he played a huge part, along with Ho, in beating the number three doubles pair from Carson Newman and procured the second victory of the day. The two make quite the brilliant Brazilian duo, racking up their third doubles win of the season.
Today was a big win for the Crusaders. Carson Newman has a very good team and defeated North Greenville last year with a mirrored score of 5-4. “We’ve played some games we knew we’d lose and we’ve played some games we knew we’d win, but today we didn’t know what would happen,” said Elliot. “It was a really good win for us. I thought everyone played exceptionally well today and it really paid off.”

The men will return to Greer at 2 p.m. on March 14 to take on Emmanuel College.