Tornado Tennis Finishes Regular Season Against Pikeville

Tornado Tennis Finishes Regular Season Against Pikeville

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Tennis finished its regular season schedules against the University of Pikeville at home on Tuesday afternoon. The men's team fell by a narrow 5-4 decision while the Lady Tornado clipped Pikeville by the same count. The match concludes the regular season for both Tornado teams.

The Tornado men's team took a 2-1 advantage over the Bears after doubles play concluded, taking the top flights by counts of 8-6 and 9-8 (7-4). Pikeville took three of five singles flights to hold off King, 5-4. Lucas Oliveira (PIKE) defeated Seth Hale 6-4, 6-2 in the sixth and final singles match to capture the win for the Bears. Sophomore Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) and Leo Brigato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) both took singles wins away.

The Lady Tornado earned their third win of the season over the Bears women's team, 5-4. Pikeville took two points away after doubles competition concluded, but the Lady Tornado ruled the singles matches as each of the top four singles matches went the way of the Navy and Scarlett. Karissa King (Rockwood, Tenn.) swapped 6-1 decisions with Arantxa Lopez before putting her away with a 6-4 third-set win to clinch the top flight. Sarah Anderson (Bristol, Tenn.) cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Shae Criswell. Eden Sherrod (Kingston, Tenn.) and Kayla Ketron (Bristol, Tenn.) each battled to singles victories. It was Sherrod's 6-2, 6-3 win over Hayley Kincaid that clinched the match victory for the Lady Tornado.

Despite the win, the Lady Tornado conclude their season with a 3-16 overall record. Sherrod finished with the best overall record in singles play with a 7-9 mark.

The Tornado men's team will travel to Erskine College to participate in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Tennis Tournament. King (13-5, 7-3) earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and will square off against the No. 5 Coker Cobras in the opening around beginning at 12 p.m. The tournament will be held at the Sumter Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C. from April 20-22.


MENS: University of Pikeville 5, King College 4

Apr 17, 2012 at Bristol, Tenn. (KC Tennis Complex)

Singles competition

1. Dmitry Babenkov (PIKE) def. Avila, Jose (KING_M) 6-7, 1-2, retired

2. Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. Sergei Kraslinkov (PIKE) 6-4, 6-1

3. Sven Rodenbusch (PIKE) def. Villar, Vitor (KING_M) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

4. Conner Smith (PIKE) def. Jones, Patrick (KING_M) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

5. Brigato, Leo (KING_M) def. Marcos Fondelius (PIKE) 6-1, 7-6

6. Lucas Oliveira (PIKE) def. Hale, Seth (KING_M) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Avila, Jose/Vidal, Pablo (KING_M) def. Lucas Oliveira/Dmitry Babenkov (PIKE) 8-6

2. Brigato, Leo/Villar, Vitor (KING_M) def. Sven Rodenbusch/Marcos Fondelius (PIKE) 9-8 (7-4)

3. Sergei Kraslinkov/Conner Smith (PIKE) def. Jones, Patrick/Hale, Seth (KING_M) 8-1

Match Notes:  King College 13-5


WOMEN: King College 5, University of Pikeville 4

Apr 17, 2012 at Bristol, Tenn. (KC Tennis Complex)

Singles competition

1. Karissa King (KING_W) def. Arantxa Lopez (PIKE_W) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

2. Sarah Anderson (KING_W) def. Shae Criswell (PIKE_W) 6-0, 6-0

3. Kayla Ketron (KING_W) def. Danielle Clark (PIKE_W) 6-0, 6-4

4. Eden Sherrod (KING_W) def. Hayley Kincaid (PIKE_W) 6-2, 6-3

5. Andrea Torbar (PIKE_W) def. Kelsey Copeland (KING_W), by default

6. Haley Isaac (PIKE_W) def. No player (KING_W), by default

Doubles competition

1. Arantxa Lopez/Andrea Torbar (PIKE_W) def. Karissa King/Kayla Ketron (KING_W) 8-5

2. Eden Sherrod/Sarah Anderson (KING_W) def. Danielle Clark/Shae Criswell (PIKE_W) 8-3

3. Haley Isaac/Hayley Kincaid (PIKE_W) def. No player/No player (KING_W), by default

Match Notes:  King College 3-16