Home court advantage this weekend helped lift the men’s tennis team to two doubles victories and four singles wins.
The cougars came out on top against Gardner Webb. Senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) was one of three players to play in both events and come out undefeated: first easily handing a defeat to Adam Knutsson of Gardner Webb in 6-2, 6-1 sets and working with sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) in the doubles to decimate GW with and 8-2 set. Allanic also played in the singles and played a tense 3-6,6-3,7-6 against GW’s Steve Martin.
Newcomer to the team and sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) also went undefeated, taking down Kohran Ates of GW in back to back 6-2 sets and then teaming up with Billy Kenny (Pawley’s Island, S.C) to win the doubles 8-3.
Though junior Bryan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C) took down his opponent 6-1, 6-4 in the singles, he was unable to continue his win into the doubles with senior Chris Toussaint (Charlotte, N.C.) as they lost 8-3. With six wins total the Cougars clenched the championship at this year’s CofC Invitational.
Head coach Jay Bruner said of the tournament, “This weekend was a good test for our team to see how to handle three days of matches against strong competition. We had a chance to see where we need to improve while we still have more matches to play this fall. I am excited to see how good this team can be as they continue to push each other in practice.”
The team next plays in the Cougar Challenge on Nov. 4 at Patriots Point.
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