Mercer Splits with Campbell, Presbyterian
Macon, Ga.- The Mercer men's tennis team split matches
against Atlantic Sun member Campbell and non-conference foe
Presbyterian over the past weekend.
Mercer dropped a 5-2 decision to Campbell on Saturday afternoon, but rebounded with a 5-2 win against Presbyterian on Sunday.
The Orange and Black's split broke a four-match losing streak for the squad and moved its overall record back over the .500 mark, at 6-5.
Against Campbell, the Bears picked up wins at the number four and number six singles positions. Freshman Peter Tauchner took home a win at four singles when he held on to defeat Loukas Wallaart 6-1, 7-6. Sophomore David Barton captured the other Bears point in the match, at number six singles, with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Ondrej Kralik.
Barton and sophomore Adam Hunt also won their number two doubles match, 8-6, but the Bears ended up losing the doubles point, 2-1.
The Bears started their match against Presbyterian by capturing the all important doubles point, to take an early 1-0 lead. The combination of wins by Hunt and Barton at number two doubles and sophomore Victor Dias and Tauchner at three doubles gave Mercer the early advantage.
Junior Fernando Armendaris pushed Mercer ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at number three singles over Zachary Sprouse. Tauchner powered past Ivan Ho, 6-3, 6-4 while Barton posted his second win of the weekend with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Edward Snead. Hunt rounded out scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ryan Walters.