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.

The Tornado (9-7, 6-2 Conference Carolinas) are currently in second place in the conference standings and have completed league play. North Greenville University is in third place at 4-2 with two matches remaining and holds the tiebreaker over King by virtue of its 5-4 win in Tigerville, S.C. on February 26. Should the Crusaders fall to Lees-McRae or Erskine in its final two conference matches, King will be the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament April 25-27 in Sumter, S.C.

The Tornado led 2-1 over Barton (12-6, 3-5 Conference Carolinas) after the conclusion of doubles play. Luis Delgado and Pablo Vidal took an 8-1 decision at the second flight, while Seth Carelli and Moritz Poswiat won at No. 3 doubles by an 8-4 score.

In singles play, No. 1 player Vidal went to a third set to defeat Barton's Rafael Ruiz 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Avila won his first set at the second flight 7-5, but then dispatched of Jake McCartney 6-0 to win in straight sets. Brigato and Poswiat also took straight set wins to deliver the match for King.

The Tornado return to action on Saturday with a road match at Lenoir-Rhyne University before traveling to Newberry College for a Sunday contest. First serve from Hickory, N.C. Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.