BANNER ELK – The University of Mount Olive men’s tennis team suffered a 4-1 loss in its second straight match of the week against the Bobcats of Lees-McRae on the road in Conference Carolinas action April 12.
With the loss, UMO dropped to 10-8 this season with a 4-3 mark in conference play and has two league matches left on the schedule. Meanwhile, Lees-McRae improved to 7-7 overall with a 6-3 record in league action.
Mount Olive captured the doubles point after winning sessions one and three. In the second position, juniors Adam Ibrahim and Diego Ortega Cadahia fell short to Ezequiel Acre and Facundo Perlov with a score of 6-3. The third doubles consisting of sophomore Elios Briand and freshman Bram Poel replied with a 6-4 win against Sam Jones and Landon Church before senior Israel Rodriguez Rojas and junior Guilherme Zotin de Oliveira clinched the point with a 6-4 win versus Max Borisov and Martin Hlavacek.
The Bobcats sealed the win with four victories in singles play. In No. 1 singles, de Oliveira lost to Borisov 6-2, 6-0, before Ibrahim was dealt a 6-4, 6-0 loss by Perlov in the second position. In the fourth slot, Poel fell 6-3, 6-3 against Acre, while the match was decided when Rodriguez took a 7-5, 6-3 loss against Hlavacek. In fifth singles, freshman Kabir Chhabria was at a score of 1-1 before play was halted.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics