Tornado win sixth straight, defeat Lenoir-Rhyne 5-4

HICKORY, N.C. – 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.

No. 6 player William Boyce provided the clincher as his battle with Jordan Lawson gave King (10-7) its decisive point. Boyce dispatched of Lawson 6-1, 6-0 to give the Tornado the victory over the Bears (6-17). King has not lost in over a month, with its last defeat coming at the hands of NCAA Division I opponent UNC Asheville on March 7.

The Tornado also took wins at the second through fourth flights in singles play. Rodrigo Avila defeated Kilian Smyalla 6-1, 6-4 to notch his 15th win of the year against just eight losses and has won five of his last six matches. At No. 3 singles, Luis Delgado took a 7-5, 6-3 decision and is also 5-1 in his last six matches. Leo Brigato cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the fourth flight, improving his season record to 11-7.

Avila and Brigato teamed up to deliver King's lone win in doubles play, earning an 8-4 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne's top doubles team. King's contingents at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles each fell by scores of 8-6.

The Tornado will play its third match in as many days as King travels to South Carolina to take on Newberry College on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.