Camels finish as Big South men's tennis runner-up

2014 Big South Conference Runner-up
2014 Big South Conference Runner-up

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Juan Pablo Boada outlasted Adrien Rossignon at No.-5 singles for the clinching point and Winthrop defeated Campbell 4-2 Thursday in the Big South Conference men's tennis championship final.

The second-seeded Eagles (16-9) won the doubles point and claimed the title six days after it was originally scheduled.  Rain in Boiling Springs, N.C., last week postponed play twice in the tournament, including the championship on Saturday.  According to conference policy, the higher seed hosted the make-up date.

Fourth-seeded Campbell (13-8) was unable to claim its first league title since 1992 after defeating fifth seed Radford and top-seeded Presbyterian last week.

Making its first league final appearance since the 2004 Atlantic Sun championship, Campbell leveled the match score at 2-2 behind straight-sets singles victories by Fernando Guillen and Rik van Gerwen.

"The match was nothing short of what I expected.  It ended up 4-2, but I think they were in a third-set tiebreak at No. 3 and certainly we were hoping that would have gone our way," said Campbell head coach David Johnson.  "Winthrop played real well at the outset and winning the doubles, we were playing from behind.  Both teams played hard and I was proud of our effort.  We came up a little short, but congratulations to Winthrop.  (Coach) Andrew (Stubbs) and his staff do a good job and I know his kids will represent the conference well in the NCAA tournament."

Guillen, a senior from San Louis Potosi, Mexico, defeated Yuta Hirokawa 6-3, 6-2 at the top singles slot and concluded his career ranked third all-time in school singles victories (84-35).  A four-time all-conference performer, Guillen finished his season with a 23-10 record.

A sophomore from the Netherlands, van Gerwen won his third-straight match in the Big South tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No.-6 over Michael Chen.

Dyland Comerford and Tremayne Mitchell scored straight-sets victories in singles for Winthrop to push the Eagles to a 3-2 lead.  Boada won the first set 6-0 at No.-5 before Rossignon claimed the second in a tie-breaker.  As Steven Patrick of Winthrop and Campbell's Steven Billington went to a 3rd-set tiebreaker on the third court, Boada closed out the dual 6-3 in the third. 

Big South Conference Men's Tennis Championship
Apr 24, 2014 at Rock Hill, S.C.
(Memorial Courts)
Winthrop 4, Campbell 2
1. Fernando Guillen (CAM) def. Yuta Hirokawa 6-3, 6-2
2. Dylan Comerford (WU) def. Marthinus Visser 6-4, 6-2
3. Steven Patrick (WU) vs. Steven Billington (CAM) 3-6, 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
4. Tremayne Mitchell (WU) def. Dominik Kaniewski 7-5, 7-5
5. Juan Pablo Boada (WU) def. Adrien Rossignon 6-0, 6-7, 6-3
6. Rik Van Gerwen (CAM) def. Michael Chen 6-2, 6-2
1. Comerford/Peter Nagovnak (WU) def. Guillen/Rossignon 8-5
2. Mitchell/Patrick (WU) vs. Billington/Kaniewski (CAM) 7-7, unfinished
3. Boada/Corey DeCandia (WU) def. Jean-Marc Krone/Visser 8-4
Records: Campbell 13-9; Winthrop 16-9