Tornados battle rain, Catawba to win, 8-1March 20, 2009
Thomson's squad notches first SAC win
Salisbury, N.C. - Just one team point from victory, the Brevard College men's tennis team had to go home Thursday without a win after rainy weather forced their match against Catawba to be postponed. But the Tornados maintained their composure Friday, returning to Salisbury to complete their win, 8-1, over the Catawba Indians. Brevard won all four matches that were played on Friday.
Thursday saw Brevard (10-2, 1-2 South Atlantic Conference) win all three doubles points and one of two completed singles points. In doubles, Konstantin Savelyev and Cole Altizer won a close match in the opening flight over Sean Soltan and Uri Yarkoni, 9-7, and Jarred Fisher and Heikki Riikonen beat Matt King and Tom McCormack, 8-5 in match No. 2. The third flight went to Andrew Thompson and Nate Lyles, 8-6 over Jan Roguska and Corey Eldridge.
Catawba (8-4, 0-2 SAC) earned their only point on Thursday, when King beat reigning SAC Player of the Week Riikonen at No. 2 singles, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2. Brevard inched close to victory just before the bottom fell out when Altizer beat Tom Mitchell in the third spot, 7-5, 6-1. Savelyev's match with Soltan was postponed with the Tornado up a set and down 4-3 in the second set tiebreak, while Thompson had just begun his match at No. 4 with Cyle Petersen.
When the matches were resumed Friday afternoon, Savelyev won four straight points to claim the tiebreak and the match for the Tornados, with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win. Thompson also won his match, 6-3, 6-3.
Two matches were played completely on Friday. In No. 5 singles, Fisher beat McCormack, 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 6, Shane Apps climbed past Yarkoni, 6-4, 6-1.
Having won six matches in a row, the Tornados face another SAC opponent when Lincoln Memorial comes to Brevard Saturday at 1 p.m. The Catawba Indians face off with Chowan Saturday at noon.