Men's tennis hosts S.C. State, N.C. Central to wrap up regular season


BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- The Fighting Camels wrap up regular season play this week with two home matches against the MEAC's South Carolina State Bulldogs and North Carolina Central Eagles. The Campbell men will host SCSU alongside the women's team on Wednesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. 24 hours later, the Camels will play their regular season finale as they take on NCCU. Campbell senior Nicolas Rakitin will be honored Thursday as he plays his final home match at the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center.

Campbell (16-4, 5-2 BSC) is looking to bounce back after a narrow defeat in its final conference match of the season at Gardner-Webb, 4-3. The Camels are led by Fernando Clemente and Gerard Sola, who have each notched 15 wins in singles play this spring. CU's winningest doubles pairing is made up of Sola and Jonathan O'Neal, who have amassed a 14-4 record this season.

South Carolina State (9-7, 4-0 MEAC) brings a six-match winning streak to the Creek, which includes a 4-3 win over Big South member Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs also took on Presbyterian earlier this season, falling by the same score as Campbell, 4-3. SCSU most recently clinched the top seed in the MEAC Championships with a win over Florida Atlantic, 5-2.

North Carolina Central (7-13, 2-2 MEAC) has won four of its last six matches, most recently defeating conference rival Bethune-Cookman, 5-2. The Eagles' top player is Gabriel Cucalon, who has played at the No. 1 singles spot all season and boasts a record of 12-8. Davide Callegari and Theo Kontopoulos have had the most success in doubles action this spring with a mark of 10-5 at No. 2 doubles. 

Following the matches, the Campbell men will await final seeding for the Big South Championships, set for April 19-22 in Winston-Salem, N.C. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell tennis, follow @GoCamelsTennis on Twitter.