Saturday, March 22, 2014
Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville men’s tennis team continued its most impressive Conference Carolinas season to date on Saturday, improving to 4-2 in league play after a dominating 8-1 win over the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College. 
The Crusaders, which finished the 2013 season with just one conference win, currently sit in a second place tie with King College. Today’s fourth conference win bests NGU’s current highest league win total of three set in the school’s first year in the conference in 2011. 

North Greenville wasted little time proving its dominance on Saturday, taking a 3-0 lead after a clean sweep of the doubles competition. Belmont failed to score more than five points in either of the three sets as the Crusaders took wins of 8-3 and 8-4. The teams of Jose Gomez and Rafael Lenz and Sergio Araujo Filho and Santiago Robles were credited with the first two wins of the day. Sjors van Eck and Marcelo Yshikawa were also credited with a doubles victory but did not play. 

Belmont Abbey cut into the 3-0 NGU lead in the first singles match of the day, as Gomez fell to McMann 6-3/6-3, but the rest of the day would belong to the Crusaders of North Greenville. The Crusaders put together their most dominant performance of the season, as BAC once again failed to score more than five points in a frame. The Crusaders would sweep the final five singles matches, to take the win as van Eck clinched the victory in the third singles position with a 6-3/6-0 victory. Also getting in on the singles action was Yshikawa, who registered his first singles win of the season with a convincing 6-0/6-0 shutout. 

 NGU will look to improve its overall record on Monday on the road in Asheville, North Carolina. The Crusaders will take on the NCAA Division 1 UNC Asheville in a non-conference showdown scheduled for a 2pm first serve.