Pioneers rally to defeat 34th-ranked Bluefield State 4-2

Pioneers rally to defeat 34th-ranked Bluefield State 4-2

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.

Bluefield State won two of the three doubles matches to earn the team point, with the only win coming at flight three as Yago Fernandez and Jacco Mensinga beat Tom Schmieta and Mohamed Belcora 6-1.

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.