Winthrop University

Winthrop men’s tennis blanks Liberty 4-0 to advance to Big South finals

Winthrop University

No. 3 seed Winthrop advanced to the finals of the Big South men’s tennis championships defeating No. 2 Liberty Monday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club.

The defending champion Eagles advance to the championship match for the 15th time in school history.

The Eagles scored the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 doubles positions. Joshua Ryan and Michael Chen held off Diego Castano and Jason Burgess, 8-6, on court three, while Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak downed Egon Samaai and Sam Matheson on the first court 8-6.

The Eagles swept the singles points at Nos. 2, 3 and 6. Michael Chen took the first singles point with a 6-3, 6-1, victory over David Bush on the sixth court. Winthrop extended its lead with Dylan Comerford topping Jorge Azuero (6-4, 6-4) at No. 2 singles slots. Steven Patrick clinched the match, beating Egon Samaa (6-3, 6-4) at No. 4 singles.

The Eagles, 14-8, move on to Tuesday’s finals where they will face No. 4 Campbell, last year’s tournament runner-up, at noon.