Barton upsets Tornado in conference semis

SUMTER, S.C. – All winning streaks have to come to an end at some point, and the King University men's tennis team saw their 10-match winning streak end on Saturday afternoon in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinals. The second seeded Tornado fell to sixth seeded Barton College by the narrowest of margins, 5-4 to end their season.

King (14-8) started the dual off well, taking two of the three doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Rodrigo Avila and Leo Brigato defeated Jake McCartney Rafael Ruiz 8-5 while Pablo Vidal and Luis Delgado were victorious over Jorger Pradilla and Yaxi Pintando 8-6. Barton (14-6) salvaged the No. 3 doubles match by the score of 8-5.

In singles play, Brigato took a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nick Genest at No. 4 singles, and Moritz Poswiat defeated Pradilla 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to bring King within a win of the tournament finals. However, the Tornado couldn't get that illusive fifth victory as the Bulldogs took three three-set matches to take dual. At No. 2 singles, Barton's Rafael Ruiz took a tight 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win, and at the third flight, Max Leppert topped Delgado 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 to give the Bulldogs the victory.

The loss snaps King's 10-match winning streak and ends their season with a 14-8 record. The Tornado advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinals for the first time in school history.