Tornados show resolve in loss to Division I Presbyterian

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CLINTON, S.C. – The Brevard men’s tennis team held its own against Division I Presbyterian on Saturday, falling 7-0 to the Blue Hose despite a number of competitive matchups throughout the afternoon.

The teams played by Division I rules during Saturday’s match, with no-ad scoring and a lone point at stake in doubles play. Brevard (1-16) was forced to forfeit at the third flight and fell 6-2 in both remaining doubles matches to give Presbyterian (11-13) a 1-0 lead entering singles play.

The matchup at No. 2 doubles was particularly tense, with the combination of Chris Plasa and Tim Hengst trading blows with P.H. Broyhill and Steven Weaver in a back-and-forth affair that was closer than the score indicated.

Hengst, playing at No. 3 singles, and top-flight player David Taggart each fell by 6-1, 6-4 counts against their Division I counterparts. The Blue Hose also picked up 6-1, 6-1 victories over Tom Mittring and Chris Plasa at the second and fourth flights, respectively, while Dan Taylor fell by a 6-2, 6-0 count at No. 5 singles. The Tornados forfeited the final singles match.

Presbyterian’s victory came complete with a dash of irony, with the Blue Hose picking up the victory over the school that replaced them in the South Atlantic Conference. Brevard attained full SAC membership after a season of provisional status beginning during the Fall 2007 semester, filling the open slot left by Presbyterian’s departure for the Division I ranks months earlier.

Brevard travels to Tusculum for a 1:00 p.m. matchup with the Pioneers in South Atlantic Conference play on Sunday afternoon.

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