LMU edges Lees-McRae, 5-2

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BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lincoln Memorial University men's tennis team registered a 5-2 victory over Lees-McRae College in a rain-shortened non-conference match on Thursday afternoon.

Lees-McRae's (1-7) duo of Alexander Hayes (Mexico City, Mexico) and Skylar Warren (Asheville, N.C.) opened the afternoon with an 8-5 win over Lincoln Memorial's (7-2) tandem of Phillip Hoffmann and Tom Goossens, before LMU's pairing of Will Sparks and Marcelo Alvim defeated Houston Callaway (Thurmond, N.C.) and Marcelo Tatai (Sao Paulo, Brazil), 9-8 (7-6). Michael Koenen and Alexey Minevskiy posted a hard-fought 9-7 win over Graham Battle (Boone, N.C.) and Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) at No. 3 doubles.

Hoffman gave LMU a 3-1 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hayes at No. 1 singles, before Sparks defeated Warren, 6-4, 6-3 in the second flight. Battle answered with a hard-fought 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Alvim, as Minevskiy posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Tatai at No. 4 singles. Goossens and Koenen each held a one-set-to-none lead in the fifth and sixth singles flights when play was halted.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Tuesday, March 20 when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas play at 2 p.m.

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