Pioneers fall 4-2 to Anderson in SAC quarterfinals

Pioneers fall 4-2 to Anderson in SAC quarterfinals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Anderson University defeated Tusculum University 4-2 in the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Championship on Monday at the Nichols Tennis Complex.

The 46th-ranked Trojans (13-7), seeded fifth in the tournament field, will advance to play top-seeded Wingate in the SAC semifinals on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Rock Hill Tennis Center. Tusculum (13-6) is ranked 32nd in Division II and was the fourth seed in the bracket.

Anderson used a tiebreaker victory in the final doubles match to earn the team point, then won the final three singles matches to move on to the semifinal round and avenge a 4-3 loss to the Pioneers in their regular-season meeting on March 2.

In doubles, Anderson's 10th-ranked team of Spencer Brown and Adam Kush defeated Marco Meon and Vadzim Raitsou 6-3 at flight one, but the Pioneers' Manuel Almeida and Tomas Almeida responded with a 6-3 win at flight two over Jeffrey Dayton and Tomas Depaggio.

At flight three, the Pioneer team of Tim Klee and Yago Fernandez fell behind 4-1 in their match to Ignacio Bidegain and Preston Morpeth, but rallied to tie the score at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Anderson went up 4-0 only to see Tusculum cut the margin to 4-3, but the Trojans went on to a 7-4 win and claim the team doubles point.

In singles, Tusculum went ahead 2-1 as Fernandez downed Brown 6-2, 6-0 at flight three and Tomas Almeida beat Dayton 6-0, 6-3. Anderson would knot the score at 2-2 as Bidegain won 6-3, 6-0 at flight one over David Akinpetide in a matchup of nationally-ranked singles players.

The Trojans would go ahead 3-2 after Morpeth won 6-2, 6-0 over Gabriel Yaguar at flight six, and Depaggio came through with the clinching point as he beat Raitsou 6-3, 6-4 at flight five. Manuel Almeida and Kush had their match stopped after one game in the third set, after a split of the first two sets 6-0 and 3-6.