Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Greer, S.C.—The North Greenville men’s tennis team continued its early season conference success on Wednesday afternoon, earning a 5-4 decision over King University, improving the Crusaders to 2-0 in Conference Carolinas play. 

Much like the women, the men jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead after taking two of three doubles matches. King would take the first doubles set with an 8-0 win, but Sergio Araujo Filho and Andres Santiago Robles Camacho evened the tally at 1-1 earning an 8-6 win over Pablo Vidal and Luis Delgado. The Crusaders would escape doubles play with a 2-1 point lead following Sjors van Eck and Marcelo Mikio Yshikawa’s pairs win 8-4 over Moritz Poswait and Seth Carlli. 

The double’s win for Sjors van Eck and Marcelo Mikio Yshikawa would prove vital for NGU in the long run, as the Crusaders and Tornado would split the singles scores. King’s Pablo Vidal and Rodrigo Avila would give the Tornado a 3-2 lead after taking the first two singles games, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0 over North Greenville’s Juan Vargas and Jose Daniel Gomez Castillo. 

The Crusaders however remained calm and won key games down the stretch, taking two of the final three points from the Tornado. King’s final win of the day came in the fifth singles game as King’s Moritz earned a 6-4, 7-5 win over NGU’s Sergio Araujo Filho. Before the final win for King, Sjors van Eck won his second game of the day, with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) win over Leo Brigado, giving the Crusaders a 4-3 lead. The win for each team came down to the final singles match, and North Greenville would come out on top. Andres Santiago Robles Camacho won his second singles game in two matches, with a 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 win over William Boyce, handing the Crusaders the 5-4 match win. 

The win improved the Crusaders in conference, but also improved NGU to 3-6 overall on the season. NGU will look to carry the momentum into the weekend, as they travel to the University of Mount Olive for a 2pm match with the Trojans on Friday afternoon.