WILSON, N.C. --- The No. 22 Lees-McRae College men's tennis team won the final three matches in singles play en route to a 6-3 win over Barton College in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday afternoon.
Barton's (9-4, 2-2 CC) Cesar Grobel and Gabriel Araujo opened the afternoon with an 8-4 win over Lees-McRae's (5-6, 4-0 CC) Alexander Hayes (Mexico City, Mexico) and Skylar Warren (Asheville, N.C.) before Travis VanHoy (Olin, N.C.) and Pedro De Sousa Nunes (Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) evened the tally with an 8-6 victory against Diego Salinas and Renato Mendes. Nandor Solymosi (Drebecen, Hungary) and Callum Loveridge (Ashbourne, England) then posted an 8-5 win over Pier-Alexandre Desilets and Leandro Peron in the third flight.
Grobel pulled the Bulldogs level at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Solymosi in the first singles flight before VanHoy defeated Araujo, 6-1, 6-1 in the second pairing. Desilets edged Hayes, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the third flight to even the score at 3-3 before the Bobcats tallied the final three points of the day.
Nunes started the run with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mendes in the fourth flight, before Graham Battle (Boone, N.C.) rallied for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 11-9 victory over Salinas to tally the deciding point. Loveridge then closed out the day with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Peron.
Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Sunday when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte to continue their conference slate at 1 p.m.
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