Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University men's tennis team (7-10, 2-6 CC) split its weekend contests, losing a tight 5-4 battle to Belmont Abbey on Saturday before earning a dominant, 9-0 victory against nonconference opponent Johnson C. Smith on Sunday to close out its final appearance at the Knapp Tennis Center of the 2017 season strong.
Bjorn Barwinski/Thomas Hubble gave PFU a 1-0 lead after defeating Belmont Abbey's No. 1 doubles team 8-7, but Zachary Blythe/Grant Goldin and Tomas Pardo/Michael Rapsik had notable performances at No. 2 and 3 to give the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage. The Falcons were quick to regrab the lead thanks to singles wins from Axel Woerner (6-1, 6-4), Barwinski (6-3, 6-4), and Hubble (4-6, 6-4, 7-6), however, BAC was able to split with three wins of their own at No. 4-6 positions to slide by with the 5-4 overall match win.
All nine participants for the Falcons were beyond stellar against Johnson C. Smith. As a team, Pfeiffer won 96 total sets compared to the Bulls' 13, surrendering no more than three in a single match.
Pfeiffer will travel to King on Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m.
1. Axel Woerner (PFUMT) def. Juan Baez (BAC-M) 6-1, 6-4
2. Bjorn Barwinski (PFUMT) def. Grant Goldin (BAC-M) 6-3, 6-4
3. Thomas Hubble (PFUMT) def. James Delaney (BAC-M) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
4. George Barfoot (BAC-M) def. Raul Ruiz (PFUMT) 6-1, 6-3
5. Zachary Blythe (BAC-M) def. Eduan Louw (PFUMT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Carlos Nolasco (BAC-M) def. Bradley Batten (PFUMT) 6-2, 6-0
JOHNSON C. SMITH
1. Raul Ruiz (PFUMT) def. ANDERSON,Marlowe (JCSU-M) 6-2, 6-1
2. David Weir (PFUMT) def. MILLER,Tarick (JCSU-M) 6-0, 6-0
3. Eduan Louw (PFUMT) def. ANDREWS,Robert (JCSU-M) 6-0, 6-2
4. Bradley Batten (PFUMT) def. MILLER,Gerald (JCSU-M) 6-0, 6-2
5. Trey Speight (PFUMT) def. GIRGORIO,Bradley (JCSU-M) 6-1, 6-2
6. Brandon Marchant (PFUMT) def. LOPEZ,Eric (JCSU-M) 6-0, 6-0