TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Lee University tennis teams opened their seasons with matching 7-0 wins over North Greenville (S.C.) University Friday afternoon at NGU’s Vance Tennis Complex.“I’m …
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Lee University tennis teams opened their seasons with matching 7-0 wins over North Greenville (S.C.) University Friday afternoon at NGU’s Vance Tennis Complex.
“I’m pretty happy with the result,” said Lee head coach Patric Hynes. “It was a pretty typical first match. The conditions were really tough today, it was really windy. Both teams did a good job of going out and taking care of business. The guys were really disciplined and the girls overcame a little bit of tightness in the beginning. It was just a good team win.”
The Flames (1-0) swept the three doubles matches to claim a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition. Jake Okines and Bruno Medeiros defeated Pierre Bedard and Robin van der Heijden 6-3. Jesus Garcia Gil and Cristian Pans took down Kaey-Den Tan and Francisco Tico by the same score. Daniel Prata and Antonio Pons were 6-4 winners against Giacomo Garini and Yannis Moulod.
Cristian Pons defeated Moulod 6-4 and 6-0 in the first completed singles match. Medeiros beat Tico 6-2, 6-0 to put Lee up 3-0. Okines won both of his sets against van der Heijden 6-3 to clinch the team win.
Gil posted a 6-2, 6-3 win against Bedard at No. 1 singles. Antonio Pons held off Garini 7-5 in their opening set before claiming the second set 6-1.
Prata needed three sets to defeat Tan. Prata breezed through the first set by a 6-1 margin, but Tan recorded a 7-5 margin in the second set to force a third set where Prata won the super-set tiebreaker 10-6.
The Lady Flames (1-0) swept the three doubles matches to earn a 1-0 lead. Lisa Kirr and Lauren Trammell gave Lee its first doubles win with a 6-0 takedown of Bethany Tankersley and Nicole Dalious. Carley Sickinger and Francesca Tondi gave Lee the doubles point with a 6-2 win against Fernanda de Lucca and Liz Medina. Micaela Belen Maiz and Asia Grzegrzolka completed doubles action with a 6-3 win over Gala Castello and Jhovana Brena.
Trammell blanked Dalious and Kirr did the same to Tankersley to put the Lady Flames ahead 3-0. Sickinger was a 6-0, 6-3 winner against de Lucca to secure the team win with the fourth point.
Maiz recorded matching set scores of 6-1 to beat Medina. Grzegrzolka dropped just two games to Brena. Tondi completed the shutout with a 6-1, 6-3 score against Castello.
“We’re going to have to play well tomorrow. If we go out there and play with a little bit of energy and show a little fight, I think we will be able to do well,” added Hynes.
The Flames and Lady Flames traveled to Clinton, S.C., to battle Presbyterian College in an exhibition match on Saturday, before returning to the DeVos Tennis Center to open their home schedules on Thursday (Feb. 14) against Carson-Newman University at 2 p.m.
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