BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The No. 40 Limestone College men's tennis team swept doubles play and held off a late surge in singles action by No. 22 Lees-McRae College to edge the Bobcats by a 5-4 margin in Conference Carolinas play on Sunday afternoon.
Limestone's (14-4, 7-0 CC) Miguel Lopez Zuniga and Jordan Vicain opened the match with an 8-4 victory over Lees-McRae's (6-7, 5-1 CC) duo of Alexander Hayes (Mexico City, Mexico) and Skylar Warren (Asheville, N.C.), before Mike Stephenson and Rafael Ferla defeated Travis VanHoy (Olin, N.C.) and Pedro De Sousa Nunes (Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) by a score of 8-5. Abraham Lascari Diaz and Daniel Lopez then knocked off Nandor Solymosi (Drebecen, Hungary) and Callum Loveridge (Ashbourne, England) by a tally of 8-5.
Solymosi started the comeback bid in the first singles flight, storming back to defeat Zuniga in a three-set thriller by scores of 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), and 6-1. VanHoy then cut the margin to 3-2 with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Stephenson before Ferla pushed the Bobcats to the brink with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory against Hayes. Nunes answered with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vicain, before Diaz ground out a tough 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Graham Battle (Boone, N.C.) to give the Saints the deciding point. Loveridge then rounded out the day with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 victory against Lopez.
Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte in a 4 p.m. conference matchup.
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