March 30, 2013

Barton fights back for 6-3 win over Bobcats

WILSON, N.C. --- Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) rallied for a thrilling three-set victory in singles play to pace the Lees-McRae College men's tennis team on Saturday afternoon, as Barton College fought back with four doubles wins en route to a 6-3 triumph in Conference Carolinas action.

Lees-McRae's (0-10, 0-6 CC) tandem of Joao Araujo (Curitiba, Puerto Rico) and Carlos Pinel (Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil) opened the day with a hard-fought 8-6 victory over Barton's (5-8, 3-5 CC) duo of Jorge Pradilla and Nick Genest, before Rafael Ruiz Velasco and Daniel Radu evened the tally for the Bulldogs with an 8-5 decision against Taduez Poplawski (Asheville, N.C.) and Choi.

Max Leppert and Mihnea Tomos posted an 8-0 win against Jesse Artrip (Cleveland, Va.) and Adam Chivers (Wilbraham, Mass.) in the third flight, as Ruiz defeated Araujo, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Poplawski answered for the Bobcats in the second flight, holding on for a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Leppert, before Genest earned a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Pinel in the third slot.

Choi delivered perhaps the performance of the day for the Bobcats at No. 4 singles, rallying for a 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 win over Pradilla. Radu posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Artrip in the fifth flight, as Tomos capped the day with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) decision over Chivers in the final matchup.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Tuesday when the Bobcats host King College in league play at 2 p.m.

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