GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's tennis team opened the 2013 fall season this weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. and the Upstate Fall Classic on the campus of USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.
At the Southern Intercollegiate Championships, senior Alex Christ picked up an opening round singles win over Ratan Gill of Portland, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while junior Luke Synn notched back-to-back singles wins over Sean Karl of Tennessee, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, and Arsav Mohanty of Mercer, 6-1, 6-4. Rookie Juan Sheppard beat Sunay Bhat of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-1, in a consolation singles matches.
In the Upstate Fall Classic, sophomore Ben Horst reached the finals of the Singles Draw B after defeating Graham Duncan of Wofford, 6-3, 6-1, in the opening round and Presbyterian's Ben Kelly, 6-0, 6-2, in second-round action. Horst recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Pedro Carvalho of USC Upstate in the semifinals before falling to Gonzalo Blanco of USC Upstate, 6-4, 7-6 in the draw's final match.
Junior Jacob Behal defeated Rafael Berghaus of Presbyterian, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round of Singles Draw A, while senior Joel Cook picked up a consolation win against Wofford's Jackson Keith, 6-0, 6-4.
In doubles action, Cook and Behal combined to defeat Menhofer and Theodore of Kennesaw State, 8-5, in the opening round of the Doubles Draw A, then the Paladin duo beat Kidler and Simonetti of USC Upstate, 8-4, in the second round to reach the tournament finals. Galloway and Poric handed Cook and Behal a 9-8 loss in the championship match.
The Paladins will compete at the WFU Fall Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C., Oct. 11-13.
Complete Furman Results:
Division I Singles
Alex Christ (FUR) def. Ratan Gill (Portland), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Alex Christ (FUR), 6-1, 6-0
Dylan Comerford (Winthrop) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 6-4, 6-4
Oliver Webb (Ga. Southern) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 6-7(2), 6-4, 1-0(5)
Division II Singles
Luke Synn (FUR) def. Sean Karl (TENN), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Luke Synn (FUR) def. Arsav Mohanty (Mercer), 6-1, 6-4
Suresh Eswaran (Vanderbilt) def. Luke Synn (FUR), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(1)
Arsav Mohanty (Mercer) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR), 6-4, 6-1
Division I Doubles
Smith/Wood (Georgia) def. Browne/Sheppard (FUR), 8-1
Division II Doubles
Martell/McSeveny (UAB) def. Christ/Synn (FUR), 8-6
Upstate Fall Classic
Singles Draw A
Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Rafael Berghaus (Presbyterian), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
Haris Poric (Wofford) def. Jacob Behal (FUR), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
Yvon Haessig (USC Upstate) def. Joel Cook (FUR), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
Joel Cook (FUR) def. Jackson Keith (Wofford), 6-0, 6-4
Maks Yorsh (Kennesaw State) def. Joel Cook (FUR), 6-4, 3-6, 11-9
Singles Draw B
Ben Horst (FUR) def. Graham Duncan (Wofford), 6-3, 6-1
Ben Horst (FUR) def. Ben Kelly (Presbyterian), 6-0, 6-2
Ben Horst (FUR) def. Pedro Carvalho (USC Upstate), 6-1, 6-2
Gonzalo Blanco (USC Upstate) def. Ben Horst (FUR), 6-4, 7-6
Jorge Wilton (Kennesaw State) def. Nate Collins (FUR), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Nate Collins (FUR) def. Nate Crocker (Presbyterian), by default
Parks Thompson (Wofford) def. Nate Collins (FUR), 6-3, 6-1
Doubles Draw A
Cook/Behal (FUR) def. Menhofer/Theodore (Kennesaw State), 8-5
Cook/Behal (FUR) def. Kidler/Simonetti (USC Upstate), 8-4
Galloway/Poric (Wofford) def. Cook/Behal (FUR), 9-8
Doubles Draw B
Landry/Francis (Wofford) def. Horst/Collins (FUR), 8-3
Weaver/Manzanas (Presbyterian) def. Horst/Collins, 8-3