SALISBURY, N.C. --- The Catawba College men's tennis team swept doubles play and took five of six flights in singles action en route to an 8-1 victory over Lees-McRae College in non-conference play on Friday afternoon.
Catawba's (2-0) tandem of Alex MacDonald and Matthew Nicholson defeated Lees-McRae's (0-2) Joao Araujo (Curitiba, Puerto Rico) and Carlos Pinel (Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil), 8-3, before Mitchell McDonald and Jack Mordey posted an 8-4 victory over Taduez Poplawski (Asheville, N.C.) and Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.). Aaron Vanhorenbeck and Jess Goodall gave Catawba a 3-0 lead with an 8-0 win against Adam Chivers and Jesse Artrip in the third doubles flight.
MacDonald pushed the lead to 4-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Araujo in the top singles flight, before Poplawski cut the advantage to 4-1 with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-1 win against Goodall at No. 2 singles. Nicholson defeated Pinel, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to clinch the team victory for the Catawba Indians, as McDonald posted a 6-3, 6-3 win against Choi in the fourth flight. Mordey registered a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Artrip, before Vanhorenbeck capped the day with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Chivers.
Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Tuesday, February 26 when the Bobcats open Conference Carolinas with a 2 p.m. matchup in Tigerville, S.C. against North Greenville University.
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