Banner Elk, NC--The Trojans of Mt. Olive snatched a 5-4 win over the Lees-McRae Bobcats Saturday Conference Carolinas men's tennis at the Baker Tennis Courts in Banner Elk, NC despite a valiant effort on the part of the Bobcats. The Trojans had a 2-1 advantage heading into singles action where the Bobcats took four of the six matches to extra points or sets before splitting with the visitors.
The Trojans now rank second in conference standings with a 7-1 record (10-7 overall) while the Bobcats fall to 3-2 in league play (8-9 overall).
Mt. Olive's duo of Guilherme Serra/Vitor Lage defeated LMC's No. 1 doubles of Alek Mojski (Berlin, Germany)/Nandor Solymosi (Drebecen, Hungary) 8-6. At No. 2 Paul Muenow (Fort Mill, NC) and Romulus Teague (Hickory, NC) fell 8-3 to Daniel Mosteanu/Alexandre Queieros. The Bobcats captured their only point in doubles at the three spot when Shaun Sumner (Burlington, NC) and Travis VanHoy (Union Grove, NC) outscored Frederico Barros and Indradeep Mitra 8-6.
In singles action Lees-McRae won the top three flights, but dropped the final three, allowing the Trojans to go home with the -4 match win. At No. 1 Solymosi soundly handled week #5 Player of the Week Guilherme Serra, walking away with the 6-2, 6-2 win. Mojski, back in the two flight, won his first set 6-4 then allowed Mitra to take the next set by the same score, forcing the two to three sets. Mojski outlasted Mitra completing the match with a 7-5 third set for the win. Sumner also took his match with Vitor Lage to three sets before winning 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2. The win gives Sumner his six win in seven matches with his only loss coming at the hands of Divison I ASU's Lee Floyd in another three set competition.
Teague, playing at the four spot for the first time this season,
fell 6-3, 7-6(5) to Queiros. Freshman VanHoy was defeated by a
score of 6-4, 7-5 while No. 6 Blair Propert (Gold Coast, Australia)
dropped his match 6-2, 6-0.
The Bobcats match for Sunday against Francis Marion has been postponed due to inclement weather. Tuesday the team is set to travel to Anderson University to take on another set of Trojans. First serve is set for 2:00pm.
Pictured: Shaun Sumner