BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Men's Tennis won its fifth straight match after battling back against North Greenville in a 5-4 decision. Seth Hale clinched the victory in the men's final singles flight of the day while the Lady Tornado fell to the Crusaders, 9-0, Thursday afternoon.
King began strong, taking two of three doubles flights to begin the day. Jose Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) battled to a 9-7 victory. Leo Brigato (Sau Paulo, Brazil) and Vitor Villar (Amparo, Brazil) fought to a tiebreaking set with Hugo Ciarrocchi and Guilherme Ferreira, but lost 9-8 (7-5) to tie the men's side at one. The combination of Seth Hale (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.) took care of business in the third flight, 8-4, to give King a 2-1 edge.
Avila and Vidal continued their winning ways in their individual flights with a pair of decisive victories before North Greenville overtook King in the next three singles flights to tie the match at four all. The final flight pitting Seth Hale against Juan Vargas proved to be the decider as the senior defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the Tornado's fifth straight win to begin the year.
The Crusaders won all nine flights of competition on the women's side. The Lady Tornado fall to 1-3 on the season.
Men's: King College 5, North Greenville 4
1. Avila, Jose (KING_M) def. Frederico Vieira (NGU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. Hugo Ciarrocchi (NGU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Samuel Avery (NGU) def. Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
4. Guilherme Ferreira (NGU) def. Brigato, Leo (KING_M) 6-3, 6-0
5. Josh Dority (NGU) def. Jones, Patrick (KING_M) 6-2, 6-4
6. Hale, Seth (KING_M) def. James Klempin (NGU) 6-4, 6-2
1. Avila, Jose/Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. Frederico Vieira/Samuel Avery (NGU) 9-7
2. Hugo Ciarrocchi/Guilherme Ferreira (NGU) def. Brigato, Leo/Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Hale, Seth/Jones, Patrick (KING_M) def. Juan Vargas/Josh Dority (NGU) 8-4
Women's: North Greenville 9, King College 0
1. Susane Lenz (NGUW) def. King, Karissa (KING_W) 6-3, 6-0
2. Aline Ribeiro (NGUW) def. Anderson, Sarah (KING_W) 6-2, 6-0
3. Muriel Mendonca Abid (NGUW) def. Ketron, Kayla (KING_W) 6-1, 6-0
4. Cassie Curtis (NGUW) def. Sherrod, Eden (KING_W) 6-0, 6-0
5. Haley Hardwick (NGUW) def. Copeland, Kelsey (KING_W) 6-0, 6-0
6. No player (NGUW) def. No player (KING_W), by default
1. Susane Lenz/Muriel Mendonca Abid (NGUW) def. King, Karissa/Anderson, Sarah (KING_W) 8-3
2. Cassie Curtis/Aline Ribeiro (NGUW) def. Ketron, Kayla/Sherrod, Eden (KING_W) 8-2
3. No player/No player (NGUW) def. No player/Copeland, Kelsey (KING_W), by default