BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) led the College of Charleston men's tennis team to a successful 2-0 spring break road trip to south Florida by clinching a 5-2 dual-match victory over Xavier on Tuesday afternoon at Patch Reef Park.
Lesser won the deciding point defeating Xavier's Brandon MacDonald, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles. The Cougars (4-2) snapped the Musketeers' (5-7) three-match win streak and have now won two in a row with a 5-2 decision over Florida Atlantic on Monday.
CofC had to gain ground in singles, after dropping the doubles point with one lone victory at the top of the order by senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) and junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) over Xavier's top duo of Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebker, 8-4.
Sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) leveled the match at one-all holding Michael Moe to only two service games in a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles, while Trintignac later put the Cougars out front 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 tally over Roebker at No. 1.
Senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium) also won in straight sets against Mei, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 2 line with Lesser securing the final point at No. 4.
"We got off to a flat start in the match, but ended fighting like we should," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "We showed improvement in our attitude and playing as a team for the complete match."
After the match, the Cougars enjoyed some down time on South Beach. They will return home to Charleston to prepare for a Sunday, March 11 non-conference match against UNC Charlotte slated for 11 a.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 5, XAVIER 2
March 6, 2012
Patch Reef Park
at Boca Raton, Fla.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Jimmy Roebker (XU), 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. Mesa Mei (XU), 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Richard Canelas (XU), 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Brandon MacDonald (XU), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 5 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Michael Moe (XU), 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6 - Marc Pretorius (XU) def. Stephen Hardy (CofC), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 1 - Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Mesa Mei-Jimmy Roebker (XU), 8-4.
No. 2 - Richard Canelas-Marc Pretorius (XU) def. Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC), 8-6.
No. 3 - Philip Diaz-Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. Stephen Hardy-Brice Allanic (CofC), 8-5.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 5, 1, 2, 6, 4*, 3