2013-14 Men's Tennis News

August 18, 2014
Avila earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men’s tennis player and 2014 graduate Rodrigo Avila’s list of accolades keeps growing longer. The Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award winner was recently awarded one of 87 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships to continue his education.

July 11, 2014
Tornado tennis teams earn ITA Academic Awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams earned the ITA All-Academic award for the third straight season when the organization announced their awards earlier this week. Along with both teams earning the distinction, 10 student-athletes between the two teams earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

June 4, 2014
Avila named Capital One Academic All-American
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Wednesday, King University men's tennis player Rodrigo Avila earned another award for his mantle. The senior was selected to the Capital One Academic All-American at-large team after finishing his career with a grade point average of 3.99.

May 15, 2014
Avila garners Capital One Academic All-District honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Even after his graduation from King University, men’s tennis player Rodrigo Avila has earned another award to add to his mantle. The senior was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District at-large team after finishing his career with a grade-point average of 3.99.

April 26, 2014
Barton upsets Tornado in conference semis
SUMTER, S.C. – All winning streaks have to come to an end at some point, and the King University men’s tennis team saw their 10-match winning streak end on Saturday afternoon in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinals. The second seeded Tornado fell to sixth seeded Barton College by the narrowest of margins, 5-4 to end their season.

April 25, 2014
King advances in Conference Carolinas Tournament for first time
SUMTER, S.C. – For the first time in school history, the King University men’s tennis team was victorious in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The second seeded Tornado defeated seventh seed Erskine College 5-0, stretching their winning streak to 10-matches.

April 24, 2014
Avila and Vidal named to all-conference teams
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas released its all-conference teams for the 2013-2014 men’s tennis season at the league’s tennis banquet in Sumter, S.C. on Thursday night, and two King University student-athletes were honored. Rodrigo Avila was named to the conference’s first team, while Pablo Vidal earned third team recognition.

April 23, 2014
Vidal earns Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After posting an undefeated week, King University’s Pablo Vidal was named Conference Carolinas Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. He led the Tornado to a pair of wins, extending their winning streak to nine matches going into the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

April 19, 2014
King caps regular season with ninth straight victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team continued their roll of late, dispatching of Southern Wesleyan University in their regular season finale. The Tornado took the 9-0 win over the Warriors for their ninth consecutive victory.

April 16, 2014
Tornado winning streak reaches eight with win at CNU
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team continued their hot play of late as they added a nonconference victory on Wednesday to push their winning streak to eight matches. The Tornado set the tone early en route to their 6-3 win over Carson-Newman University.

April 13, 2014
King stays hot with 6-3 win over Newberry
NEWBERRY, S.C. –The King University men’s tennis team continued their recent assault on opponents as they stretched their winning streak to seven matches on Sunday. The Tornado won their third dual in as many days, topping homestanding Newberry College 6-3.

April 12, 2014
Tornado win sixth straight, defeat Lenoir-Rhyne 5-4
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team won its sixth consecutive match on Saturday afternoon, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne University 5-4 by taking four matches in singles play.

April 11, 2014
Tornado clinch top-three seed with 6-3 win over Barton
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team closed out Conference Carolinas play with a convincing 6-3 win over Barton College on Friday afternoon, cementing at least a No. 3 seed in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament.

April 8, 2014
Tornado tennis players earn academic all-conference
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The tennis season is coming to an end, which means Conference Carolinas has begun handing out postseason awards. On Tuesday, five Tornado student-athletes were name academic all-conference by the league.

April 8, 2014
Dual with Lincoln Memorial canceled
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s tennis teams were slated to host Lincoln Memorial University on Wednesday afternoon. However, the matches have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

April 3, 2014
King-Barton dual postponed
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s tennis teams were scheduled to face Barton College on Friday, but those matches have been postponed. The teams will now square off on April 11 at 1:00 p.m., on the King University campus.

April 1, 2014
King downs nationally-ranked Limestone 5-4
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team won its fourth consecutive match on Tuesday, defeating nationally-ranked Limestone College in conference play to secure its longest winning streak since a 10-match victorious run stretching from October 2011 to March 2012.

March 28, 2014
Avila honored with league's top award, Murphy Osborne Award
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is proud to recognize Rodrigo Avila of King University as the 2013-14 Murphy Osborne Award recipient. Avila has been selected as Conference Carolinas’ most outstanding student-athlete from a field of ten nominees representing Conference Carolinas institutions. Avila, a senior tennis player, is deemed to have the most outstanding accomplishments of the year based on academic, athletic, leadership, service and involvement within the community.

March 28, 2014
Tennis schedules adjusted due to rain
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain in the forecast, the King University men's and women's tennis duals this weekend have been postponed. The women's tennis match that was scheduled for Friday has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. Both the men's and women's duals against Limestone College on Saturday have been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m.

March 19, 2014
Tornado defeat Pfeiffer, move back to .500
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Following their win on Tuesday, the King University men’s tennis team looked to carry that momentum on the road as they took on Pfeiffer University on Wednesday. The Tornado started the match with a pair of doubles wins en route to the 5-2 in a dual that was shortened due to weather.

March 18, 2014
King sweeps Lees-McRae
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their first match in 10 days, the King University men’s tennis team showed no signs of rust from their layoff. The Tornado hosted Lees-McRae College in a Conference Carolinas dual match that the Tornado swept 9-0.

March 10, 2014
Tornado pick up three conference weekly awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University took home three Conference Carolinas weekly awards last week when the league announced their winners on Monday. Softball’s Chrissy Melcher and Mariana Hosomi and Rodrigo Avila of the Tornado tennis teams were named Conference Carolinas Players of the Week for the week ending Monday, March 3.

March 8, 2014
King sweeps singles en route to win over Erskine
DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University men’s tennis team rebounded from yesterday’s loss with a Conference Carolinas win at Erskine College on Saturday. The Tornado won all six singles matches en route to the 7-2 road victory.

March 7, 2014
King falls at UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The King University men’s tennis team traveled to take on NCAA Division I foe UNC Asheville on Friday afternoon. The Tornado took one match, but ultimately dropped the dual 6-1 to the Bulldogs.

March 2, 2014
Tornado drop tight decision to Bluefield State
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team tried to avenge a loss from last fall when they hosted Bluefield State College on Sunday morning. Despite the Tornado taking four singles matches, the Rams took the narrow 5-4 victory.

March 1, 2014
Tornado earn first conference win 8-1 triumph of Belmont Abbey
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team bounced back from a tough loss earlier in the week with a decisive 8-1 Conference Carolinas win over Belmont Abbey College on Saturday. The Tornado set the tone by winning all the doubles matches en route to the victory.

February 26, 2014
King drops narrow decision at North Greenville
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Following their win on Tuesday, the King University men’s tennis team tried to keep the momentum rolling when the faced Conference Carolinas foe North Greenville University on Wednesday. However, the home standing Crusaders jumped ahead with two doubles wins and escaped with three wins in singles to take the dual 5-4.

February 25, 2014
Tornado dispatch of Mars Hill 8-1
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On the strength of two super tiebreaker wins, the King University men’s tennis team scored an 8-1 victory over Mars Hill University at the King Tennis Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

February 23, 2014
King falls at Mount Olive to open conference play
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men’s tennis team opened Conference Carolinas play at the University of Mount Olive on Sunday, and the Trojans came away with an 8-1 win.

February 22, 2014
Tornado sweep Randolph-Macon
ASHLAND, Va. – Coming off a 6-3 defeat at the hands of nationally-ranked Tusculum, the King University men’s tennis team earned its first win of the spring portion of the schedule. The Tornado defeated Randolph-Macon College 9-0 on Saturday before a Sunday match at fellow conference member University of Mount Olive.

February 18, 2014
King drops 6-3 decision to #47 Tusculum
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s tennis team had the daunting task of facing Tusculum College, who is ranked 47th in the country in their spring opener on Wednesday. The Tornado hung with the Pioneers, but narrowly fell 6-3.

October 19, 2013
Tornado sweep Emmanuel 9-0
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – In their final dual match of the fall, the King University men’s tennis took their first victory in three tries. The Tornado took the clean 9-0 sweep at Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon.

October 18, 2013
Tornado drop heartbreaker at Catawba
SALISBURY, N.C. – The King University men’s tennis team traveled to Catawba College on Friday afternoon in search of their first dual match win of the season. However, the Indians escaped with a narrow 5-4 victory over the Tornado.

October 4, 2013
King drops first dual match of season
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – The King University men’s tennis team played their first dual match of the season as they traveled to Bluefield State College on Friday afternoon. The Tornado took two of the three doubles matches, but dropped a 5-3 decision to the Blues.

September 29, 2013
Avila advances to quarterfinals in ITA Regional
SUMTER, S.C. – The King University men’s tennis team faced tough challenges at the ITA Southeast Regional over the weekend at the Palmetto Tennis Center. Rodrigo Avila turned in a solid performance as he reached the quarterfinals in the singles B Draw.

September 18, 2013
King-UVa-Wise dual match washed out
WISE, Va. – The men’s and women’s tennis dual matches at UVa-Wise scheduled for Wednesday afternoon have been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced at this time.

September 15, 2013
Tornado open season at Palmetto Center Individual Tournament
SUMTER, S.C. The King University men's tennis team opened their season at the Palmetto Tennis Center Fall Tournament after just a few days of practice. Pablo Vidal advanced to the second round of the A Draw before he fell, landing him in the consolation bracket, which he rolled through to take the consolation championship.

September 4, 2013
King aims for third straight postseason berth
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in as many seasons as member of Conference Carolinas, the King University men’s tennis team qualified for the eight-team conference tournament in 2012-13. The Tornado, and head coach Kethan Darbar expect to be back in postseason play again this season as they return nearly everyone from last year’s squad.