Blue Hose Tennis


Drew Brandel, Staff Writer

The Blue Hose Men’s Tennis team is celebrating three recent victories while preparing to take on USC-Upstate on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in an away match and Wofford on Thursday at 2:30 for another home match. Last Friday the team earned two strong victories against rival team, Kennesaw State University, and the host team, Young Harris College. The Owls of Kennesaw State shut out Young Harris before falling to PC, 5-2. This victory over KSU was extra sweet for the upperclassmen of the team as they remembered last year’s loss against the same team.
On Monday PC moved to 4-2 for the year with a hard-fought win at home against The Citadel. Freshmen Grayson Mills and Gonzalo Asis earned a win at number 3 doubles while freshman Rafael Berghaus and sophomore Andrew Brigham also picked up the number 1 doubles win, securing the doubles point for the home team. Junior Zach Sprouse quickly picked up the first singles win of the day and Gonzalo Asis soon added the second singles point for the Blue Hose. Freshman Kenneth Mooney was responsible for giving PC its third singles win and the overall fourth point that was needed to secure the Blue Hose win. Brigham, Mills, and Berghaus continued to fight hard in their singles matches at the number 1, 2, and 3 spots, respectively. After Brigham eventually fell to his opponent in a tight match, Grayson and Rafael added the fifth and sixth points to the PC total, giving the Blue Hose a 6-1 win for the day.
The team is young, playing only two upperclassmen today (Sophomore Andrew Brigham and Junior Zach Sprouse), but they have proven that they can fight to the finish to pull out good wins for the Blue Hose. Sprouse, one of the team’s co-captains for this year, is proud of the team and is looking forward to seeing improvement and continued success as the season progresses, saying “I think we are setting ourselves up for a good long term performance in the Big South.”
There will be plenty of opportunities for the men of the Blue Hose Tennis team to continue to prove their skills as individuals and as a team. In addition to eight remaining home matches, the team will compete in several away matches, including a week of play in Orlando, Florida during Spring Break. The writers of the Blue Stocking will be sure to keep you updated about the dates of upcoming home matches, and I encourage everyone to take in as many as possible. Now that the weather is warming up, what could be better than a relaxing afternoon in the sun cheering on your Blue Hose? We’ll see you by the courts this Thursday at 2:30 and this Sunday (February 20) at 1 p.m. for a match against Georgia State.