Paladins Snap Four-Match Losing Streak With 5-2 Victory Over Presbyterian

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's tennis team snapped a four-match losing streak Sunday, as the Paladins defeated Presbyterian, 5-2, at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins claimed wins at number one and number three doubles to open the match by clinching the doubles point.  Senior Andrew Mellow and junior Joel Cook teamed up to defeat Rafael Berghaus and Grayson Mills, 8-6, in the top spot, and senior Tyler Droll and sophomore Jacob Behal recorded an 8-4 win over Gonzalo Asis and Nathan Crocker at number three.  Blue Hose Andrew Brigham and William O'Connell beat freshman Matt Browne and sophomore Richard Casagrande, 8-6, in the second doubles match-up.

In singles action, Browne defeated Brigham, 6-4, 6-2, at number four to give Furman a 2-0 advantage, before Danny Bruce recorded a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Droll in the fifth singles match to put Presbyterian on the board.  The Paladins stretched their lead to 3-1 as Behal posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Berghaus at number three singles, then Furman clinched the team victory when Cook defeated O'Connell, 7-6, 6-3, in the second singles match.

Mellow posted a 6-3 first-set win over Mills in the top singles spot then came from behind for a 7-6 second-set victory, pushing the Paladin lead to 5-1, before Gonzalo defeated senior Robbie Aru, 6-0, 7-6, at number six to give the Blue Hose their second point of the day.

Furman (2-4) will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Feb. 23.

Furman 5, Presbyterian College 2
Feb 10, 2013 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

2. Joel Cook (FUR) def. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3

3. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-4, 6-4

4. Matt Browne (FUR) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-4, 6-2

5. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) def. Tyler Droll (FUR) 6-4, 6-1

6. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) def. Robbie Aru (FUR) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

 

Doubles competition

1. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-6

2. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) def. Matt Browne/Richard Casagrande (FUR) 8-6

3. Tyler Droll/Jacob Behal (FUR) def. ASIS, Gonzalo/CROCKER, Nathan (PCM) 8-4

 

Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,2,1,6)