Men's Tennis Falls to Mount Olive In Conference Carolinas Semi-Finals

Men's Tennis Falls to Mount Olive In Conference Carolinas Semi-Finals

SUMTER, S.C. - The Emmanuel College men's tennis team entered the Conference Carolinas Tournament as the #5 seed in their first year of postseason eligibility. After upsetting the higher ranked Barton Bulldogs in the opening round, the Lions would fall to #1 Mount Olive in the Semi-Finals.

Against Barton:

The Lions took an early lead after Doubles #3 consisting of Kornel Kimagzweski and Juan Camilo Burgos made quick work of their opponents, 6-1. Juan Carlos Romero and Enrique Alcacer would follow behind with a 6-4 win over their opponent, clinching the doubles point.

The Lions headed into singles play with a 1-0 lead over the bulldogs. Singles #1 Juan Carlos Romero couldn't top his opponent and lost his match 7-6, 6-4. Singles #2 Thembokwakhe Makhany defeated his opponent by score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Singles #3 Lucas Hideo Sasaki had a strong start taking the first set 6-3. His opponent would then rally back with two 6-0 sets to take the match. Singles #4 Kornel Kimagzweski had a similar performance taking the first set but dropping the next two (6-2, 5-7, 1-6). Singles #5 Jorge Canadas had a fairly easy path to victory 6-3, 6-1. Finally, singles #6 Enrique Alcacer topped his opponent 6-4, 6-4 allowing the Lions to take the match 4-3.


Against Mount Olive:

The Lions faced the #1 seed University of Mount Olive in their Semi-Final matchup. Pitted against a much tougher team, the Lions struggled to score against their opponent and fell 4-0.
The Trojans had two quick doubles wins to put the Lions down 1-0 ahead of singles play. The Trojans continued their dominant performance into singles and made quick work of the Lions. After three straight losses, the Lions were down 0-4 before the other three players could finish. Mount Olive would capture the victory 4-0, ending the Lions run in the Semi-Finals.
Senior Enrique Alcacer was named to the All-Tournament Team while Junior Lucas Hideo Sasaki was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team.
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