(ATLANTA, Ga.) – The Thomas More College men's tennis team fell, 5-0, to No. 32-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan College today (Friday, May 12, 2017) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship hosted by Emory University at the P.E. Woodruff Outdoor Tennis Courts in Atlanta, Georgia.
With the loss, the Saints end the season at 14-6. With the win, the Battling Bishops improve to 20-4.
In doubles play, N.C. Wesleyan won all three matches. The No. 1 team of first-year Michael Kenney (Carmel, Ind./Guerin Catholic) and sophomore Derrick Kwok (Sugar Land, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) fell 8-1, the No 2 pair of first-years Cameron Shi (China/Scott (Ky.)) and Sheldon Preisler (San Diego, Calif./Boone County (Ky.)) fell 8-2 and the No. 3 team of first-year Logan Daniels (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) and Wesley Smith (Versailles, Ky./Woodford County) fell 8-1.
N.C. Wesleyan clinched the 5-0 win when the first singles matches were complete. Smith fell at No. 6 by the score of 6-1, 6-0 and Preisler fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.
The 2016-17 season saw the Saints win their first-ever Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship, which ended Grove City College's 26-year reign and advance to their first-ever NCAA Division III Championship.