Saturday, March 8, 2014
Jefferson City, Tenn.—A clean sweep in doubles play, and four of six wins in singles competition on Saturday led the North Greenville men’s tennis team past South Atlantic Conference member Carson Newman 7-2 in weekend non-conference action. 

The Crusaders cruised through doubles play, taking wins of 8-3, 8-5, and 8-4. The sweep gave NGU a 3-0 lead heading into singles play, and a clear path to its fifth overall win of the season. Rafael Lenz Gonzalez and Jose Gomez got the day started for the Crusaders with their 8-3 win over Juan Perez and Joao Olivera, followed up by Sergio Araujo Filho and Santiago Robles, who gave North Greenville a 2-0 in their doubles victory. Sjors van Eck and Marcello Yshikawa wrapped up the doubles play with an 8-4 win. 

NGU’s first loss of the day would come in number singles as Carson Newman’s Juan Perez would post a 6-3, 6-3 win cutting the NGU lead to 3-1. Rafael Lenz Gonzalez would pick him up however in position two singles registering a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win, giving the Crusaders their second three point lead of the day. Sjors van Eck and Sergio Araujo Filho would win two of the next three games to clinch the win for North Greenville, Sjors van Eck’s 6-1, 6-3 win would give North Greenville a 4-1 lead. Sergio Araujo Filho’s 7-6, 6-2 win would put the win in the books for North Greenville. The two clinching wins were split by Carson Newman’s final win of the day, a 6-2, 6-0 win over Juan Vargas. Robles would wrap up a solid day for NGU with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the finals singles match. 

North Greenville improved to 5-8 on the season overall. The Crusaders will be back in action on March 18th when they travel to Spartanburg Methodist College.