GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Wins in each of the first three singles matches boosted Tusculum University's men's tennis team to a 4-2 victory over 34th-ranked Bluefield State College Sunday afternoon at the Nichols Tennis Complex.
The Pioneers (10-4) fell behind the Big Blues (8-8) after doubles but came back to pick up their second win over a ranked opponent in five days. The match was Tusculum's third straight against a ranked team, following a 4-3 win over 16th-ranked Queens on Wednesday and a loss to 37th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday.
In singles, the Pioneers ran off three wins in a row to take a 3-1 lead. David Akinpetide, ranked 36th nationally, beat Frederik Baumadsen 6-4, 6-4 at flight one and Tomas Guedes de Almeida upset 57th-ranked Arthur Figuiere 6-3, 6-4 at flight two.
At flight three, Yago Fernandez gave the Pioneers a 3-1 lead as the 73rd-ranked player in Division II defeated Schmieta 6-3, 6-4 at flight three. Vadzim Raitsou then delivered the clinching point for the Pioneers as he defeated Giorgi Datashvili 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) at flight five.
Tusculum will be back in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the road at Mars Hill.