Tornado Win Streak Hits Six with Great Late Flight Play
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men's Tennis extended its current winning streak to six matches on Saturday with a 5-4 victory over Coker College, led by junior Patrick Jones' late performance to clinch the meet. The Lady Tornado fell to Coker, dropping to 1-4 this season.
The Coker men jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition, winning the first two matches 9-7 and 8-4. Seth Hale (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.) paired up for an 8-5 win to get King on the board before singles play.
King won its first three singles flights led by Jose Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) after he defeated Leo Lima 6-2, 6-2 to set the pace. Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) mimicked Avila's performance, defeating James Corfield by the same count. Vitor Villar (Amparo, Brazil) issued a come-from-behind victory over Manual Estruga (4-6, 7-5, 6-1) after dropping the first set and finding himself trailing late in the second. Patrick Jones issued the final blow with his own comeback win over Billy Simpson 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to give King (6-0, 3-0) the win.
Coker swept the women's competition with a pair of 8-2 wins in doubles competition and a pair of wins in the singles flights.
King will play its next two matches on the road against regional opponents Carson-Newman (March 6) and Mars Hill (March 10) before bringing their game back home on March 15 against Milligan.
Men's: King College 5, Coker College 4
1. Avila, Jose (KING_M) def. Leonardo Lima (COKERMT) 6-2, 6-2
2. Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. James Corfield (COKERMT) 6-2, 6-2
3. Villar, Vitor (KING_M) def. Manel Estruga (COKERMT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Guillermo Aylon (COKERMT) def. Brigato, Leo (KING_M) 6-0, 6-3
5. Jones, Patrick (KING_M) def. Billy Simpson (COKERMT) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Ricardo Perez (COKERMT) def. Hale, Seth (KING_M) 6-0, 6-3
1. Leonardo Lima/Manel Estruga (COKERMT) def. Avila, Jose/Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) 9-7
2. James Corfield/Guillermo Aylon (COKERMT) def. Brigato, Leo/Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 8-4
3. Hale, Seth/Jones, Patrick (KING_M) def. Billy Simpson/Ricardo Perez (COKERMT) 8-5
Coker College 5, King College (W) 0
1. Karissa King (KING_W) vs. Alyssa Blanchard (COKER) unfinished
2. Sarah Anderson (KING_W) vs. Cora Berna (COKER) unfinished
3. Kayla Ketron (KING_W) vs. Stephanie Medley (COKER) unfinished
4. Eden Sherrod (KING_W) vs. Faith Baxley (COKER) unfinished
5. Brittanny Yando (COKER) def. Kelsey Copeland (KING_W) 6-1, 6-1
6. Kayla Meermans (COKER) def. No player (KING_W), by default
1. Alyssa Blanchard/Stephanie Medley (COKER) def. Karissa King/Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 5-2
2. Cora Berna/Kayla Meermans (COKER) def. Eden Sherrod/Sarah Anderson (KING_W) 8-2
3. Faith Baxley/Brittanny Yando (COKER) def. Kelsey Copeland/No player (KING_W), by default