BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jose Avilla and the upper classmen of the men's tennis team guided King to its 10th consecutive victory of the season, remaining undefeated with their win over Lees-McRae on Wednesday evening. The women's team fell by just one flight, dropping to 2-8 on the year.
Jose Avilla (Cuernavaca, Mexico) put the team up 1-0 after taking the opening singles match with a 6-1, 6-3 win in the top flight. Lees-McRae took the next three singles matches in a row before the combination of Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Seth Hale (Knoxville, Tenn.) evened the score with wins in the final two singles matches of the day. Jones defeated Marcelo Tatai in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 while Hale had two go into extra points to defeat Hang Lak Choi in two sets (7-5, 7-5).
King took two of three matches in the doubles competition on the men's side behind Leo Brigato and Vitor Villar's 8-4 victory over Pedro De Sousa and Tatai. Hale and Jones dispensed of Graham Battle and Choi easily, 8-1, to seal the victory for King. The Tornado won the match 5-4 to improve their overall record to a perfect 10-0 on the season.
The women nearly pulled off the victory over the Bobcats, splitting the doubles competition and taking two of five singles flights. Eden Sherrod and Kelsey Copeland both earned wins in the singles competition. Sherrod defeated Raven Harris, 6-3, 7-6. Sherrod went 2-0 on the day after teaming up with Sarah Anderson to beat Harris and partner Kelsey Hiatt in doubles, 8-4. The Lady Tornado fell 4-3 at match's end, falling to 2-8 on the season.
Both teams will travel to the University of North Carolinas – Asheville where both teams will take on the Bulldogs in Asheville, N.C. Match play is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.
Men: King College 5, Lees-McRae 4
1. Avilla, Jose (KING_M) def. Pedro De Sousa Nunes (LMCM) 6-1, 6-3
2. Alexander Hayes (LMCM) def. Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) 7-6, 6-3
3. Syklar Warren (LMCM) def. Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Graham Battle (LMCM) def. Brigato, Leo (KING_M) 6-4, 6-1
5. Jones, Patrick (KING_M) def. Marcelo Tatai (LMCM) 6-4, 6-1
6. Hale, Seth (KING_M) def. Hang Lak Choi (LMCM) 7-5, 7-5
1. Alexander Hayes/Syklar Warren (LMCM) def. Avilla, Jose/Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) 8-6
2. Brigato, Leo/Villar, Vitor (KING_M) def. Pedro De Sousa Nunes/Marcelo Tatai (LMCM) 8-4
3. Hale, Seth/Jones, Patrick (KING_M) def. Graham Battle/Hang Lak Choi (LMCM) 8-1
Women: Lees-McRae 4, King College (W) 3
1. Lyndsay Peagram (LMCW) def. Karissa King (KING_W) 7-5, 6-0
2. Samantha Wohlers (LMCW) def. Sarah Anderson (KING_W) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kelsey Hiatt (LMCW) def. Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 6-4, 6-3
4. Eden Sherrod (KING_W) def. Raven Harris (LMCW) 6-3, 7-6
5. Kelsey Copeland (KING_W) def. No player (LMCW), by default
6. No player (LMCW) vs. No player (KING_W) no result
1. Lyndsay Peagram/Samantha Wohlers (LMCW) def. Karissa King/Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 8-0
2. Eden Sherrod/Sarah Anderson (KING_W) def. Raven Harris/Kelsey Hiatt (LMCW) 8-4
3. No player/No player (LMCW) vs. No player/No player (KING_W) no result