February 17, 2014

Men's Tennis Sweeps Spartanburg Methodist, 9-0

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's tennis team staved off a feisty Spartanburg Methodist squad en route to a 9-0 victory Monday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Bobcats (2-3) claimed their first win of 2014 while multi-sport athlete Scott Alford (Hillsborough, N.C.) didn't drop a set at No. 6 singles. The Pioneers (1-8) dropped their seventh straight decision while being blanked for the fifth time during the stretch.

Carlos Pinel (Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil) rolled past Alex Arkin in No. 3 singles to provide LMC with an early 1-0 advantage.

Joao Araujo (Curitiba, Puerto Rico) downed Harry Reed, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2 singles before Taduez Poplawski (Asheville, N.C.) won a hard-fought battle at No. 1 singles, 2-6, 6-4, 12-10, to push the Bobcat lead to 3-0.

Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) and Garrett Lakey (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) won their matches at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively.

Araujo and Poplawski defeated Zac Dye and Reed in an entertaining bout at No. 1 doubles, 8-6.

Lakey and Alford blanked Dargan Antley and Walter Fowler in No. 3 doubles play, 8-0.

LMC looks to extend its win streak with a date at Lenoir-Rhyne Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in Hickory, N.C.

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