Lakey Tallies Two Wins in Heartbreaker to Belmont Abbey, 5-4

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae freshman Garrett Lakey earned wins in singles and doubles play, but LMC fell in gut-wrenching fashion to Belmont Abbey, 5-4, in Conference Carolinas men's tennis action Thursday afternoon at the LMC Tennis Courts in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Crusaders (2-12, 1-5 CC) earned their first conference win while Conner McMann and Aaron Mullenix collected two wins apiece. The Bobcats (3-11, 0-7) split singles play, but ended up on the short end of doubles play.

Senior Carlos Pinel (Vitoria, Espiritio Santo, Brazil) continued his impressive week by outmuscling Eduardo Escobar in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles play. Pinel was tabbed to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team earlier in the week.

Junior Hang Lak Choi (Newton, N.C.) dominated Damien Nelson, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

Lakey swiped a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles before teaming up with Joao Araujo (Curitiba, Puerto Rico) to claim a 9-8 win at No. 1 doubles.

Pinel and Lak Choi dropped a close 8-6 battle at No. 2 doubles.

LMC concludes its season at North Greenville Saturday at 3 p.m. in Tigerville, S.C.

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