Defending SAC Champions down BrevardFebruary 26, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – David Taggart continued his run of solid play in Friday’s conference match with visiting Wingate, falling in a tiebreaker to Wingate’s Sebastian Hall at No. 1 singles.
Wingate (5-2), which entered the match ranked 10th in the Southeast Region and 48th nationally and won last year’s South Atlantic Conference championship, took a 9-0 decision over Brevard (0-6), with Taggart and Tom Mittring suffering narrow defeats at the top two flights.
Taggart nearly pulled off the upset at No. 1 singles, falling 7-3 in a tiebreaker to Wingate’s Sebastian Hall. Playing in an eight-game pro set format, Taggart and Hall played even to force the tiebreaker. With all the fans in attendance and members of both teams crowding around the court, Hall pulled away from Taggart to give Wingate the victory in the last matchup to finish.
Mittring fell 8-6 to Connor Kudrick, nearly knocking off the player ranked 14th in the latest regional rankings.
The teams played four of their five singles matches in an eight-game pro set format. Brevard was forced to forfeit at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, with Wingate’s wins in both remaining doubles matches and in No. 5 singles clinched the match for the Bulldogs. Both teams agreed to play the remaining singles matches in a pro set format to complete the match before darkness fell on the McCoy Tennis Complex.
Tim Hengst fell 8-2 at the third flight, with Chris Plasa coming up short 8-1 at the fourth position and Dan Taylor falling in straight sets at No. 5 singles.
In doubles play, Brevard’s top duo of Taggart and Mittring suffered an 8-3 setback to Hall and Kudrick. Plasa and Hengst were upended 8-2 at the second flight.
Brevard leaves Saturday for a Spring Break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to compete in Spring TennisFest. The Tornados will face Tiffin, Missouri-St. Louis, St. John Fisher, and Belmont Abbey throughout the week.