March 30, 2012

Mount Olive rallies past Lees-McRae, 5-4

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BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Mount Olive College men's tennis team rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play with four victories in singles action to edge Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Friday afternoon.

Lees-McRae's (1-10, 1-5 CC) tandem of Alexander Hayes (Mexico City, Mexico) and Skylar Warren (Asheville, N.C.) kicked off the afternoon with a hard-fought 9-8 victory against Mount Olive's (12-4, 6-0 CC) duo of Edgar Bub and Gabriel Santana.

Akio Mariano and Murilo Pelegrino answered for the Trojans with an 8-6 win over Pedro De Sousa Nunes (Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Marcelo Tatai (Sao Paulo, Brazil), before Graham Battle (Boone, N.C.) and Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) gave the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage with an 8-6 decision against Diogo Sender and Brahm Moolman.

Bub evened the tally at 2-2 at No. 1 singles, registering a 6-0, 6-1 win against Nunes before Hayes countered with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Santana. After Sender defeated Warren, 6-3, 7-6, and Battle answered with a 6-1, 7-5 win against Mariano, Pelegrino and Moolman posted a pair of 6-1, 7-5 victories against Tatai and Choi, respectively, to complete the comeback for the Trojans.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Saturday when the Bobcats host Barton College in conference play at 2 p.m.

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