Tornado Tennis Downed by Royals

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King College men's and women's teams suffered losses to Queens University of Charlotte on Sunday. The men's team battled up and down the lineup, but fell by an 8-1 count while the women's squad were dropped, 9-0.

King's top two men's singles players each provided a challenge to the Royals as Jose Avila took Christiaan Lee-Daigle to extra points in their first set, but ultimately fell 7-5, 6-2. Sophomore Pablo Vidal opened his match with Joshua Bloch with a 6-4 victory, but fell in consecutive sets 6-3, 6-1 in a loss. Leo Brigato also challenged his singles opponents, forcing three sets with Andre Bafume before falling (6-0, 1-6, 6-1). Seth Hale also put pressure early on Gustavo Menhoz but lost 7-5, 6-0. The top Tornado pairing in doubles play earned its lone victory. Pablo Vidal and Jose Avila defeated Lee-Daigle and Raahil Dhruva, 8-6.

On the women's side, Eden Sherrod forced three sets with opponent Kaitlyn Blakey but lost 1-6, 6-3, 10-3. Sarah Anderson also provided an early challenge in a match against Morgan Roberts, falling 7-5, 6-2 after all was said and done. The women lost by a final count of 9-0.

Both teams have now concluded conference play but have one last match remaining on the 2012 schedule. They will host one last home match on Tuesday, April 17, against Pikeville University. The match will begin at 1 p.m. at the King College Tennis Complex.

The top eight teams in the league will advance to the Conference Carolinas Tournament, hosted by Erskine College on April 22-24. The Tornado men's team has solidified its spot as the number four seed overall, and will play the fifth-seeded Coker College Cobras in the opening round of the tournament. The women's team will not advance to the postseason tournament.

 

Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Tournament bracket – click here

 

MENS: #49 Queens University of Charlotte 8, King College 1

Apr 15, 2012 at Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)

Singles competition

1. LEE-DAIGLE, Christiaan (QUMEN12) def. Avila, Jose (KING_M) 7-5, 6-2

2. BLOCH, Joshua (QUMEN12) def. Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

3. CASALI, Ignacio (QUMEN12) def. Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 6-4, 6-0

4. DHRUVA, Raahil (QUMEN12) def. Jones, Patrick (KING_M) 6-2, 7-5

5. BAFUME, Andre (QUMEN12) def. Brigato, Leo (KING_M) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1

6. MUNHOZ, Gustavo (QUMEN12) def. Hale, Seth (KING_M) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. Avila, Jose/Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. LEE-DAIGLEChristiaan/DHRUVA, Raahil (QUMEN12) 8-6

2. BLOCH, Joshua/CASALI, Ignacio (QUMEN12) def. Brigato, Leo/Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 8-5

3. BAFUME, Andre/MUNHOZ, Gustavo (QUMEN12) def. Jones, Patrick/Hale, Seth (KING_M) 9-8

Match Notes: King College 7-3, 13-4  |  Queens University of Charlotte 7-2, 9-6; National ranking #49

 

WOMENS: Queens University of Charlotte 9, King College (W) 0

Apr 15, 2012 at Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)

Singles competition

1. MILEVA, Elena (QUWTEN12) def. Karissa King (KING_W) 6-0, 6-0

2. ROBERTS, Morgan (QUWTEN12) def. Sarah Anderson (KING_W) 7-5, 6-2

3. WILLIAMS, Erin (QUWTEN12) def. Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 6-0, 6-0

4. BLAKEY, Kaitlyn (QUWTEN12) def. Eden Sherrod (KING_W) 1-6, 6-3, 10-3

5. POOLE, Amanda (QUWTEN12) def. No player (KING_W), by default

6. RAFIQ, Farina (QUWTEN12) def. No player (KING_W), by default

Doubles competition

1. RUSTSCHEFF,Christina/WILLIAMS, Erin (QUWTEN12) def. Karissa King/Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 8-1

2. MCLINDEN, Gillian/POOLE, Amanda (QUWTEN12) def. Eden Sherrod/Sarah Anderson (KING_W) 8-3

3. MILEVA, Elena/ROBERTS, Morgan (QUWTEN12) def. No player/No player (KING_W), by default

Match Notes: King College (W) 0-11, 2-16  |  Queens University of Charlotte 9-1, 13-3; Regional ranking #10