Railsplitters Advance To Finals Of 2013 Food Lion SAC Championship With 5-3 Win Over Anderson
April 19, 2013
ROCK HILL, SC -- For the second-consecutive season, the Lincoln Memorial University men's tennis team earned a spot in the championship match of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship, as the Railsplitters knocked off the top-seeded Trojans of Anderson University, 5-3, on Friday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
With the victory, the Railsplitters (13-5) are set to take on the No. 3 Wingate University for the 2013 Food Lion SAC Championship at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th back at the Rock Hill Tennis Complex. The Railsplitters and Bulldogs played for the tournament championship last season with Wingate taking a 5-1 win. In the two teams' previous matchup this season, the Bulldogs took a narrow 5-4 victory in Harrogate, Tennessee.
The Railsplitters got out to a quick start in today's semifinal match, as they captured two of the three points available in doubles play. Philipp Hoffmann and Alexey Minevskiy set the tone by cruising to an 8-3 win over Abdoulaye Camara and Jerome Branker at the No. 1 position by an 8-3 score. Will Sparks and Marcelo Alvim followed in their footsteprs with an 8-3 triumph over Krystof Gulbinovic and Paul Calhoun at No. 2 doubles.
The lone point in doubles for the Trojans came at the No. 3 spot, as Gabriel Martins and Guilherme Rocha were dropped, 8-3, by Daniel Gonzelez and Inaki Iriberry.
Senior Philipp Hoffmann put LMU back on the board with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over Camara at No. 1 singles.
The Trojans cut to within one after the No. 2 singles match, as Gulbinovic edged Will Sparks, 7-5, 6-1, to make it 3-2 in favor of the Railsplitters.
After dropping the first set 6-1, Gabriel Martins rallied off 6-4 and 6-3 set victories to defeat Calhoun at No. 5 singles to give LMU a 4-2 advantage.
Following a heartbreaking loss for Alexey Minevskiy at No. 4 singles, Marcelo Alvim put the finishing touches on the Trojans by battling for a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 win over Gonzelez at No. 3 singles.
For the second-straight season, the Railsplitters used a victory over Anderson to advance into the final match of the SAC Championship. The Railsplitters and Bulldogs are set to duke it out again for the 2013 SAC Championship at Noon on Saturday.