BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men's Tennis edged out region rival Tusculum College in their first home match of the season while the Lady Tornado dropped their opener to the Pioneers on Tuesday.
Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) gave the Tornado an emotional uplift when the sophomore overcame a two-point deficit in his second flight singles match. Vidal down 4-6 in the first set came back and earned the next three points against Tony Bujana to take the set, 7-6. He kept the momentum going with the rest of the team and those in attendance cheering him on to complete his singles victory 7-5, 6-3.
Vidal continued his success when paired with fellow sophomore Jose Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) in the top flight of the doubles competition. The duo defeated Luis Zamora and Lukas Winkelmann 8-5 to start the doubles sweep that took place at the KC Tennis Complex. King won all three doubles flights behind Leo Brigato and Vitor Villar's 8-3 win over Paul Wiederspahn and Stefan Vergeer 8-3, capped off by an 8-6 win by Seth Hale and Patrick Jones.
Vitor Villar also pulled out a singles victory over Luis Zamora in two sets 6-3, 6-0. His victory sealed the win for King by a final 5-4 team count. The men improve to 4-0 and have a 2-0 spring season record after defeating Belmont Abbey over the weekend.
The King women's team lost to the Pioneers by a team score of 9-0, dropping their overall record to 1-2 on the year.
The Tornado will head to Carson-Newman College this Friday, Feb. 24, and begin play at 12:00 p.m.