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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's tennis team has a busy week in front of them, with four matches on the schedule including three conference tilts. The Bobcats host King (Tenn.) on Wednesday (Apr. 10) at 3 p.m., before turning around to host Bluefield College (Va.) on Thursday (Apr. 11) at 1 p.m. Lees-McRae will then travel to Barton for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday (Apr. 13), followed by a 12 p.m. contest at Chowan on Sunday (Apr. 14). The Bobcats will round out the regular season with a trip to Limestone on Monday (Apr. 15) for a 1:30 p.m. start.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 6-13 overall and 1-4 in Conference Carolinas, with 14 combined doubles wins and 36 combined singles wins. Matt Meluch and James Kirkham lead the team with four doubles wins, while the tandems of Miodrag Popovic and Fitzgerald Lomp as well as Brandon Caldwell and Colton Porter each have three doubles wins. Two other doubles tandems have each posted wins so far on the year. Meluch leads the team in singles play with eight wins, while Popovic also has seven on the season. Kirkham also has six wins in singles play, while Lomp and Porter each have three on the season. Caldwell and Harrison Morris also each have two wins in singles play.
About the Opponents - King (Tenn.) enters the week at 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas. The Tornado come in with a combined 26-24 doubles record, as well as 51 combined singles wins. Alejandro Feliciano and Lennard Neumann lead the Tornado with 10 doubles wins, while Charles Jabaley and Sebastian Lieflaender also have seven wins in doubles play. Arturo Alfaro and Jorge Rojas also have five wins in doubles play, while three other doubles tandems have each won one match. Feliciano leads the team with 11 singles wins, while Neumann also has 10 wins in singles play. Jabaley has nine wins in singles play, while Lieflaender also has seven wins. Alfaro has six wins in singles play, while Rojas also has five wins. Nathan Snow has also contributed two wins in singles wins.
Bluefield (Va.) enters the week at 5-9 overall.
Barton comes into the week at 9-7 overall and 4-1 in Conference Carolinas, with a 23-22 combined doubles record and a 48-39 combined singles record. The Bulldogs host Mount Olive on Wednesday (Apr. 10) before hosting Lees-McRae. Diego Agudelo and Oscar Marmestedt lead the Bulldogs with seven doubles wins, while Rory Gaydon and James Kelly have five doubles wins as a pair. Alessandro Gerbino and Hugh Ryder have four doubles wins, while Gaydon and Ryder also have three wins as a tandem. Gerbino and Kelly also have two wins as a doubles pair. Agudelo and Marmestedt share the team lead in singles wins with nine, while Gaydon and Ryder each have eight singles wins. Kelly has seven singles wins on the season, while Gerbino also has five wins in singles play.
Chowan enters the week at 5-11 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas, hosting King (Tenn.) on Saturday (Apr. 13) before welcoming Lees-McRae. Chowan comes into the week with a combined 47-25 doubles record, as well as a combined 80-43 singles record. Ghassan Alansi and Adi Kaliakperov lead the team with 11 doubles wins, while Mateusz Izycki and Mariano Yeh along with Izycki and Rafael Goncalves each have eight doubles wins. Goncalves and Louis Proulx also have seven doubles wins, while Kaliakperov and Proulx also have six doubles wins. Alansi and Yeh have also paired up for five wins in doubles play. Alansi and Kaliakperov each have 15 singles wins, while Proulx has 12 singles wins on the season. Goncalves has 11 wins in singles play, while Yeh also has 10 singles wins. Enrique Barge has also contributed three singles wins on the season.
Limestone enters the week at 6-7 overall and 5-1 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Warren Wilson on Wednesday (Apr. 10) and Emmanuel (Ga.) on Friday (Apr. 12) before coming to Banner Elk. The Saints come into the week with 16 combined doubles wins, and 27 combined singles wins. Marcel Agbegne and Pierluigi Neri lead the team with seven doubles wins, while Federico Garnier and Saccha Terrizzano also have four doubles wins. Enrique Moreno and Domantas Sadauskas have two wins in doubles play, while Sadauskas and Emilio Samhan also have one doubles win. Agbegne leads the team with six singles wins, while Samhan also has five wins in singles play. Garnier and Neri each have four wins in singles play, while Terrizzano and Guillermo Ortega each have two singles wins and Sadauskas also has one.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 10th meeting between Lees-McRae and King (Tenn.) in men's tennis. King (Tenn.) leads the series in that span 7-2.
Since 2006, this will be just the second meeting between Lees-McRae and Bluefield (Va.) in men's tennis. Bluefield won the match played between the schools last year.
Since 2006, this will be the 16th meeting between Lees-McRae and Barton in men's tennis. Barton leads the series in that span 8-7.
Since 2006, this will be the just the second meeting between Lees-McRae and Chowan in men's tennis. Chowan won last year's match.
Since 2006, this will be the 17th meeting between Lees-McRae and Limestone in men's tennis. Limestone leads the series in that span 12-4.