Men's Tennis Fends Off Catawba, 6-3

SALISBURY, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's tennis team completed the season sweep of Catawba with a solid performance in a 6-3 victory Wednesday afternoon in nonconference action in Salisbury, N.C.

The Bobcats (3-5) took care of business with wins at No. 1 – No. 4 singles while Scott Alford (Hillsborough, N.C.) snagged two more victories. The Indians (7-10) forced two bouts into the third set, but LMC proved too strong.

Taduez Poplawski (Asheville, N.C.) got the Bobcats off on the right foot with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles against Pierce Hoover.

Joao Araujo (Curitiba, Puerto Rico) gutted out a win at No. 2 singles play after dropping the first set to fend off Matthew Nicholson, 6-7, 6-3, 11-9.

Carlos Pinel (Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil) claimed a win at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 decision.

Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) cruised to a win against Iago Montero Nunez, 6-4, 6-0, in No. 4 singles action.

Alford handled Brad Smethurst, 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 6 singles slot before teaming up with Garrett Lakey (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) to win at No. 3 singles, 8-3.

The Bobcats look for consecutive wins when they travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on Pfeiffer in Conference Carolinas play March 15 at  2 p.m.

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