Lady Tornado Fall 6-1 to Mars Hill

 

MARS HILL, N.C. – The backend of the King men's lineup came through once again to help the team on to its eighth straight victory and remain undefeated on the season. The women's team fell to the host Mars Hill Lions, falling to 2-6 on the year.

Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Seth Hale (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned wins in the fifth and sixth flights to help solidify the win for King. Jones took Zach High three sets and came back down one to tie the match at four points apiece. After falling in the first set, 5-7, Jones went on to win easily in the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-2. Seth Hale clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Michael Melvill.

Also pulling down wins for the Tornado in singles play was sophomore Jose Avilla (2-6, 6-4, 3-0 – medical withdrawal).

Leo Brigato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Vitor Villar (Amparo, Brazil) teamed up to get King's first doubles win over Lucas Simm and Guilherme Lima, 9-8. The combination of Jones and Hale led King to a 6-3, 6-2 victory, to guide King to a 2-1 lead going into singles play.

King has now won each of its first eight matches of the season without suffering a defeat.

The women's team fell by a 6-1 final to the Lions. Mars Hill took both doubles flights and took five of six singles. King's point came after a medical withdrawal by Jacqueline Rouquet when scheduled to meet Eden Sherrod.

King will host its next two matches against Milligan (March 15) and conference foe Lees-McRae (March 21). The men defeated Milligan during the fall season, 9-0, while the women lost, 5-0.

 

King 5, Mars Hill 4
Mar 10, 2012 at Mars Hill, N.C. (Mars Hill College)

Singles competition
1. Jose Avilla (KINGM) def. Lucas Simm (MHCM) 2-6, 6-4, 3-0
2. Enrico Patriarca (MHCM) def. Pablo Vidal (KINGM) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
3. Euquerio Guerrero (MHCM) def. Victor Villar (KINGM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Guilherme Lima (MHCM) def. Leo Brigato (KINGM) 6-3, 3-2
5. Patrick Jones (KINGM) def. Zach High (MHCM) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
6. Seth Hale (KINGM) def. Michael Melvill (MHCM) 6-3, 6-2 

Doubles competition
1. Enrico Patriarca/Euquerio Guerrero (MHCM) def. Jose Avila/Pablo Vidal (KINGM) 8-5
2. Leo Brigato/Victor Villar (KINGM) def. Lucas Simm/Guilherme Lima (MHCM) 9-8
3. Patrick Jones/Seth Hale (KINGM) def. Michael Melvill/Zach High (MHCM) 8-4 

Match Notes
King 8-0  |  Mars Hill 4-6

Women's: Mars Hill 6, King 1
Mar 10, 2012 at Mars Hill, N.C. (Mars Hill College)

Singles competition
1. Erika Pinate (MHCW) def. Karissa King (KINGW) 6-0, 99-0
2. Tatiana Dualiby (MHCW) def. Sarah Anderson (KINGW) 6-0, 6-0
3. Anna Rickenbaker (MHCW) def. Kayla Ketron (KINGW) 6-0, 6-3
4. Eden Sherrod (KINGW) def. Jacqueline Rouquet (MHCW), by default
5. Jordan Dockery (MHCW) def. Kelsey Copeland (KINGW) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Marian Pinate/Tatiana Dualiby (MHCW) def. Karissa King/Kayla Ketron (KINGW) 8-0
2. Anna Rickenbaker/Jacqueline Rouquet (MHCW) def. Sarah Anderson/Eden Sherrod (KINGW) 8-5

Match Notes
Mars Hill 6-5  |  King 2-6