Men’s Tennis Falls in Hard-Fought Match to Elon, 4-3

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Junior Fernando Guillen (San Louis Potosi) knocked off 21st-ranked Cameron Silverman in a three-set match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, but the Campbell men's tennis team dropped its home opener to Elon on Thursday afternoon, 4-3, at the James Nisbet Tennis Center.

Campbell (2-2) won two singles points after the Phoenix took a 3-0 lead in the match, but Elon (1-1) was able to persevere as the squads's split two three-set contests.

The doubles completion started off the windy afternoon as the Phoenix made quick work at No. 1 and No. 2 to take the first point. Senior Josep Baro (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Rik Van Gerwen (Valkenswaard, Netherlands) were unable to top the 22nd-ranked national pairing of Cameron Silverman and Stefan Fortman, 2-8, while sophomore Steven Billington (Conway, Wales, U.K.) and Ondrej Kralik (Herlev, Denmark) fell by the same score at No. 3.

Back and forth action was played at No. 2 as Senior David Clavera (Barcelona, Spain) and Guillen were down just one point, 6-5 late in the set before Jordan Kaufman and Brian Kowalski triumphed, 8-5.

In singles play, the Camels fell behind early as Billington dropped his match, 6-1, 6-1, to No. 117 Stefan Fortmann in the second slot. Elon would take a 3-0 lead in the match when Van Gerwan was unable to top Juan Madrid, 7-5, 6-3, at the sixth position.

Campbell notched its first point of the contest when Adrien Rossingnon at No. 3 won a second-set tiebreaker, 8-3, to defeat Robert Lingren, 6-4, 7-6. 

The Phoenix advantage was cut to one, 3-2, following a tight, 7-6 (4), 6-4, victory for David Clavera over Brian Kowalski. Campbell had a chance to win the match as the final two single's games were still being contested in the third set.

But Jordan Kaufman at No. 5 clinched the match for the Phoenix with a 6-1 third-set win against Joep Baro. Baro came back after dropping the first set, 6-4, to push the match to a third frame with a 6-4 victory.

In the final single's game at No. 1, Guillen was able to notch the upset as the duration fo the match approached the four-hour mark before the San Louis Potosi, Mexico, native registered the decisive point.

The Camels are back in action on Saturday at noon when both the men's and women's teams travel to Charlotte.