Boiling Springs, NC – The No. 2 seed Winthrop men’s tennis team overpowered the No. 7 seed Gardner-Webb, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the Big South tournament.
Winthrop captured the doubles point, winning each of the doubles matches. In the No. 1 doubles position, Winthrop’s Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak edged Gardner-Webb’s Benjamin Kaszas and Nikita Zverkov, 7-6, while the Eagle’s Steven Patrick and Tremayne Mitchell won a nail-biter against the Runnin’ Bulldog’s Brendan Dempsey and Jonathan Walker, in the No. 2 doubles position, 8-7. Juan Pablo Boada and Corey Decandia earned a victory for Winthrop at the No. 3 doubles position, defeating Nicholas Lofrumento and Tyler Macy, 8-1.
The Eagles won three matches in singles competition, securing a victory. In the No. 1 singles position, Kaszas was up one set on Yuta Hirokawa, 6-3, 2-2, when the match was decided, however Comerford prevailed over Zverkov, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 2 singles position. Dempsey bested Patrick, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 3 singles position, and Mitchell was leading Pepe Batalla, 6-3, 4-2, in the No. 4 singles position, when the match was called. Boada won in straight sets against Walker, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 5 singles position, while Michael Chen overwhelmed Macy, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 6 singles position.
When asked to comment on the match, Coach Andrew Stubbs stated, “I thought our team came out with a really good mindset and a lot of energy. It was unfortunate for them that their No. 3 was out. I thought our guys competed really well and we are happy to be playing still.”
With the victory, the Eagles advance to the semifinals of the Big South tournament to play the No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina. The match will take place on Friday, April 18th, at 10:00 a.m.