CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's tennis team continued its dominance through its Southern Conference regular-season slate by taking down The Citadel, 6-1, in a crosstown rivalry match held on Tuesday afternoon at the Earle Tennis Center.
The Cougars (14-3, 8-0 SoCon) have now won seven in a row with two remaining matches left to play to secure a No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2012 SoCon Tennis Championships to be held on April 19-22 at both school's home facilities in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant.
The Bulldogs (5-16, 0-9 SoCon) didn't go down without a fight. Two of the three doubles matches went into an extra game as senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) and junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) won their sixth consecutive match, 9-8, at the No. 1 line. The duo defeated The Citadel's top tandem of David Orces and James Atkinson, while sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) and freshman Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) won 9-7 over Elliott Sperr and Alex Howle at No. 3 to give the Cougars the early 1-0 lead in the match.
In singles action, senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium), Parker, Lesser and Faiman claimed straight-victories to contribute to the final team score as did sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) with a third-set super tiebreaker victory over Sperr, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6), at No. 6. Lesser and Faiman remain unbeaten at their positions against league competition with impressive 8-0 league marks.
CofC will close out the regular season with a two-match SoCon road swing at Appalachian State on Friday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in Boone, N.C., and at Davidson on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. (ET) in Davidson, N.C.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 6, THE CITADEL 1
April 10, 2012
Earle Tennis Center
at Charleston, S.C.
No. 1 - David Orces (Citadel) def. Mickael Trintignac (CofC), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (7).
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. Josh Cook (Citadel), 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. James Atkinson (Citadel), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Dillon Berkabile (Citadel), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 5 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Peter Bleach (Citadel), 6-3, 6-4.
No. 6 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Elliott Sperr (Citadel), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6).
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac-Kyle Parker (CofC) def. David Orces-James Atkinson (Citadel), 9-8.
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Billy Kenny (CofC) def. Dillon Berkabile-Peter Bleach (Citadel), 8-5.
No. 3 - Crescente Lesser-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Elliott Sperr-Alex Howle (Citadel), 9-7.