The Lees-McRae College men's and women's tennis teams hosted Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference opponent Coker College Cobras this past weekend. The women were swept by the Lady Cobras while the men went down to the wire, winning 5-4.
Alex Lord-Andrade teamed with Gili Sayag to open the day in doubles play but fell 5-8 to Coker's top pair. Rick Velezquez and Tom Sutton evened up the score for the Bobcats winning 8-4, while the third doubles match had was forfeited to Coker, giving them the 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
The Bobcats were also forced to forfeit a singles match, both forfeits on account of injury. With a 3-1 lead, Lord-Andrade and Sayag both rebounded in singles action
winning 7-5, 6-4 and 7-6, 6-2 respectively to tie things up at three. Braden Johns lost his singles match 1-6, 1-6 while Rick Velezquez won 6-4, 6-3 to keep things tied up at four. Tom Sutton easily handled his opponent 6-1, 6-0 to give the Bobcats the edge 5-4.
On the women's side, the Lady Bobcats struggled against the Lady Cobras; however, Coach Paul Goode maintains a positive outlook as the team continues to make strides forward. Coach Goode commented, "I can't ask for more from the ladies, they are really working hard and continue to take steps forward. Our youth definitely hurts us, be they all give 100% every time they step on the court. The men played great today with Sayag, Lord-Andrade and Velezquez each beating quality opponents on the Coker squad. Tom's performance in the final match was outstanding as he dominated from start to finish.
The Bobcats will hit the road this weekend for games at Erskine College Friday and Anderson College Saturday before returning home to host Pfeiffer University Monday.