Strong singles play not enough for Tornados against Crusaders

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HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Brevard College’s men’s tennis team concluded its spring break schedule on Friday evening against Belmont Abbey, losing 5-4. With the result, the Tornados are now 1-9 overall.

Brevard’s put together its best outing in singles play of this season against Belmont Abbey (4-8) sweeping all four singles matches that the Tornados participated in while not losing a single set against the Crusaders. Tim Hengst gave the royal blue and white its’ first point of the contest, besting Eduardo Escobar 6-2, 6-3 in the third flight. Tom Mittring was the next bout to end, as the freshman picked up his third singles victory of the week with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Laine Harrett at the second position. David Taggart had the closest set of singles play in his opener against Young-Jun Kang at the top flight, prevailing 7-5 before cruising 6-2 in the second frame. Christoph Plasa was the final match to finish, as he earned a 6-2 6-0 win on court four over Chip Moore.

Belmont Abbey earned a pair of points on courts five and six via default, clinching the victory for the Crusaders before singles play began.

In doubles play, the Crusaders were able to jump to a 3-0 advantage. Earning one point by default at the third position, Plasa and Hengst lost to Harrett and Michael Rapsik 8-3 before Taggart and Mittring lost to Juan Baez and James Delaney by an identical score at the top slot.

The Tornados will take a much needed rest before traveling to Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Mar. 12 for a South Atlantic Conference match. First serve is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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