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.
The No. 30 Saints (7-7, 3-3 Conference Carolinas) became the first ranked opponent in the NCAA era to fall victim to King (8-7, 5-2 Conference Carolinas), which used a victory from Moritz Poswiat at No. 5 singles to clinch the 5-4 win.
The Tornado got off to a good start in doubles play, taking wins of 8-6 and 8-5 at the first two flights. King's top duo of Rodrigo Avila and Leo Brigato picked up their 10th win of the season as doubles partners, while Luis Delgado and Pablo Vidal ran their season record to 9-5 with the win at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, Vidal fell in the first set 6-4 to Antoine Le Dore, Limestone's No. 1 player, before rebounding to take the win with victories of 6-1 and 6-3 in the final two sets. Delgado also won in three sets at No. 3 singles, winning 6-2 and 6-4 over Benji Lascari Diaz in the first and third sets of their match.
With Tornado losses at the second, fourth, and sixth flights, the match came down to Poswiat and Limestone's Daniel Lopez at No. 5 singles. Poswiat took the first set 7-6 (7-5) and, with every player from both teams crowding around the court, won the match for the Tornado with a 6-4 second-set victory to run his record on the season to 13-4.
With only one conference match remaining, the Tornado are tied for second place in the standings with Pfeiffer University at 5-2 in league play. In the case of a two-way tie between the teams, King holds the tiebreaker over the Falcons by virtue of its 5-2 win in Misenheimer, N.C. on March 19. Both teams are chasing the University of Mount Olive, which leads the conference with a 6-0, while North Greenville sits in fourth place at 4-2.
The Tornado return to action Friday, April 4 against Barton College in the last Conference Carolinas match of the season. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.