Tornados drop contest to Pfeiffer in non-conference action

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s tennis team fell to non-conference opponent, Pfeiffer University, 8-1, on Thursday afternoon. The Tornados, who have had matches on back-to-back days, fall to 4-4 overall. The Falcons improve to 8-1 overall.

The lone victory came at No. 1 doubles with the team of Rory Northam and David Taggart defeating Sebastian Wernecke and Axel Woerner 9-8 (8-6) in a thrilling contest that took a tie-breaker to decide the winner.

Taggart fell at No. 1 singles 7-6, 0-6, 1-0 (10-7) in a tough battle with Oscar Van Koch. Both players spent lots of energy on long rallies in the tie-breaker set before Taggart eventually lost.

Northam lost his first set at No. 4 singles 6-4, before rebounding in the second set 6-4. He eventually lost in the tie-breaker 10-5, after putting up a great effort.

George Finch lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to Woerner while Nathan Sabate fell 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Christoph Plasa and Richie Liell fell at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-1, and 6-0, 6-1, respectively.

Sabate and Finch were paired together at No. 2 doubles and lost while the team of Plasa and Liell fell 8-3 at No. 3 doubles.

Head coach Ed Dickson thought his team was still improving, despite the results.

“Every time we play a match we’re supposed to learn something,” Dickson explained. “We have another chance to prove Saturday that we are learning from our mistakes. We’re getting better because it’s our mistakes that are beating us, not the other teams. So we’ll find out Saturday in two big matches for our teams.”

The Tornados return to conference play on Saturday when they host the Lions of Mars Hill at 2 p.m.

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