WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Fighting Camels fell in a heartbreaking loss to the Presbyterian Blue Hose in the Big South Final, 4-3. Campbell finishes the season with a 20-5 record, good for the second-highest single season win total in program history.
This marks CU's third runner-up finish in the Big South Tournament in the last four years. After dropping the doubles point to PC, the Camels could only notch three wins in singles play. The conference title was clinched on court six, where Jaime Lopez defeated Fernando Clemente, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
The match began with doubles play as Presbyterian won on courts two and one to clinch the point. Lukas Schaefer and Nicolas Rakitin dropped their match against Lykou/Mills at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, while Lorenz Schwab and Dustin Werner fell on court one to Kelly/Roberts, 6-4. Jonathan O'Neal and Gerard Sola trailed Manzanas/Lopez 4-0 on court three and cut the deficit to 5-3 before the point was clinched.
Trailing 1-0, the Camels came out hot in singles play, winning the first set on courts one through four. Campbell's first win of the day came at No. 1 singles where Lukas Schaefer easily defeated Alexander Lykou, 6-2, 6-1. PC retook the lead as O'Neal fell to Alexandro Bejar on court five, 6-4, 6-0. Werner won his match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4 over Brandon Mills to tie the match once again, 2-2.
Sola overcame a 3-4 deficit in the second to win his match in two sets, defeating Ben Kelley by a score of 6-3, 6-4 and giving the Camels a 3-2 lead in the championship match. Campbell senior Nicolas Rakitin fell to Diego Manzanas in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to make No. 6 singles the deciding match. Clemente was able to force a third set, but Jaime Lopez took the third to clinch the title for the Blue Hose.
This marks the end of the season for Campbell men's tennis. CU's 20 victories this spring mark the highest win total for the Camels since notching 22 in 1988. Campbell's 12 home wins are a program record, while its five total losses this season tie the second-fewest in program history. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell tennis, follow @GoCamelsTennis.