Camels suffer setback at Presbyterian, 4-3

Dustin Werner (Will Bratton Photo)
Dustin Werner (Will Bratton Photo)

CLINTON, S.C. -- The Fighting Camels suffered their first conference loss of the season at the hands of the Presbyterian Blue Hose Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Courts. PC narrowly defeated CU, 4-3, to snap a three-match conference win streak for the Camels.

Campbell (12-3, 3-1 BSC) was without it's top player and senior leader Nicolas Rakitin due to an ankle injury. In doubles play, Germany natives Dustin Werner and Lorenz Schwab fell on court one to PC's top duo of Kelley/Lopez, 6-4. Gerard Sola and Jonathan O'Neal played in the No. 2 doubles spot for just the second time this season, narrowly falling to Lykou/Mills, 7-6. Lukas Schaefer and freshman Fabien Ayet paired up for the first time this spring on court three, with the duo dropping another close one to PC's Manzanas/Castillo-Lopez, 7-5.

Without Rakitin available, Campbell's usual lineup all slid up one spot on the singles ladder with O'Neal competing in the sixth spot. Sola's undefeated season in singles came to an end on court three as he fell to Diego Manzanas, 6-4, 6-2 to snap a 14-match win streak dating back to Nov. 12, 2016. Reigning Big South Player of the Week Schwab fell on court four, 6-1, 6-2 to give PC a 3-0 lead.

Schaefer earned the first win of the day for Campbell on court one, 6-1, 6-3, good for his third-straight singles victory. O'Neal competed in singles action for the first time since Feb. 3 as he earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Joel Roberts on court six to bring CU within one. The Blue Hose clinched the match on court five as reigning Big South Freshman of the Week Fernando Clemente was dealt just his third loss of the season, 6-2, 7-5. Campbell ended the match on a positive note as Werner won on court two, 7-6, 6-3 over Brandon Mills.

Up next, the Camels will host the Morgan St. Bears on Tuesday, Mar. 21, set to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center. These two teams played earlier this season in a neutral site match as CU swept MSU at the VCU 4-1 Invite. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell tennis, follow @GoCamelsTennis on Twitter.