SUMTER, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's tennis team earned a 5-2 win over North Greenville this afternoon in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals. The Abbey moves to 20-12 on the season. North Greenville finishes its season 7-15.
The Abbey wasted no time, as George Barfoot and James Delaney got a fast 8-3 win at #1 doubles. Zachary Blythe and Grant Goldin gave their NGU counterparts a run, but fell just short, surrendering an 8-6 decision at #2. Then Tomas Pardo and Michal Rapsik teamed up for an 8-5 victory at #3, and the Abbey held a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play.
In singles competition, Barfoot got the fastest win, a 6-1, 6-3 victory at #4. Goldin was also very strong, earning a 6-1, 7-6 win at #2 singles. Then Blythe clinched the match for BAC as he won his #5 battle by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
1. Sjors van Eck (NGU) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 6-3, 6-3
2. Grant Goldin (BAC) def. Alejandro de la Torre (NGU) 6-1, 6-7
3. Josh Gomez (NGU) led James Delaney (BAC) 6-4, 5-6 - unfinished
4. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Dion Nijboer (NGU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. William Greaves (NGU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Edmundo Torres (NGU) led Carlos Nolasco (BAC) 6-3, 3-3 - unfinished
1. George Barfoot/James Delaney (BAC) def. Alejandro de la Torre/Dion Nijboer (NGU) 8-3
2. Josh Gomez/William Greaves (NGU) def. Zachary Blythe/Grant Goldin (BAC) 8-6
3. Tomas Pardo/Michal Rapsik (BAC) def. Edmundo Torres/Sjors van Eck (NGU) 8-5
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered some of his thoughts on today's action: ""We did a really good job staying in control of the environment today at the match. We stayed intense and really leaned a lot on our support off the court today as motivation to dig deep. I thought North Greenville deserved today's match every bit as much as we did, and fought their hearts out. I think we have a lot to improve upon and learn from today's match to give Limestone a good run for their money tomorrow, but am very excited to play another fantastic opponent in the morning and get pushed out of our comfort zone from start to finish."
Belmont Abbey will play #3 seeded Limestone tomorrow at 9 a.m. in a semifinal matchup.