SUMTER, S.C. --- The No. 28 and third-seeded Lees-McRae College men's tennis team swept doubles play and posted two wins in singles play to record a 5-0 victory over sixth-seeded Barton College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
Lees-McRae's (8-8) top flight duo of Nandor Solymosi (Drebecen, Hungary) and Travis VanHoy (Olin, N.C.) opened the day with an 8-5 win over Barton's (10-10) tandem of Cesar Grobel and Gabriel Araujo, before Pedro De Sousa Nunes (Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Graham Battle (Boone, N.C.) registered a 9-7 victory over Diego Salinas and Renato Mendes. Alexander Hayes (Mexico City, Mexico) and Callum Loveridge (Ashbourne, England) then defeated Leandro Peron and Pier-Alexandre Desilets by a score of 8-1 to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.
Nunes opened singles play with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Mendes in the fourth flight to give the Bobcats a 4-0 advantage, before Battle notched a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory against Peron at No. 6 singles to register the deciding point for Lees-McRae.
Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Saturday when the Bobcats take on second-seeded Limestone College at 9 a.m. at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C.
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