M. Tennis

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Falls In Its 2012 Opener, 7-2 To Newberry

Bears prevail at fifth singles and third doubles despite the loss

Senior Graydon Dunn (pictured), along with freshman Jarod Styres, won at third doubles for Lenoir-Rhyne in a 7-2 season-opening loss to Newberry Wednesday afternoon at Hickory High School.Senior Graydon Dunn (pictured), along with freshman Jarod Styres, won at third doubles for Lenoir-Rhyne in a 7-2 season-opening loss to Newberry Wednesday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Box Score

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (0-1, 0-1) opened the 2012 season with a 7-2 loss to Newberry (4-4, 1-0) Wednesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne won at No. 5 singles and third doubles despite the setback to Newberry.

At fifth singles, L-R junior David Richardson (Wake Forest, N.C.) defeated Newberry's David Sons (Lexington, S.C.) by scores of 6-4 and 6-2.

Meanwhile, the Lenoir-Rhyne tandem of senior Graydon Dunn (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Jarod Styres (Chapel Hill, N.C.) defeated Newberry's James Bethea (Newberry, S.C.) and Jeffery Kiser (Newberry, S.C.), 8-5, at No. 3 doubles.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home on Thursday when it hosts Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference contest beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Hickory, N.C.

Newberry returns home to host Spartanburg Methodist (11:00 a.m.) and Benedict (3:30 p.m.) on Friday.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Hickory, N.C.(
Hickory High School)
February 22, 2012

Singles
1. Michael Saunders (NC) def. Aroon Khatter (L-R), 6-3, 6-3
2. Vinicius Botelho (NC) def. Robby Blackburn (L-R), 6-0, 6-0
3. Mohammed Chakir (NC) def. Michael Owens (L-R), 6-0, 6-1
4. Cal Loveridge (NC) def. Graydon Dunn (L-R), 6-1, 7-5
5. David Richardson (L-R) def. David Sons (NC), 6-4, 6-2
6. Carlos Nicolopulos (NC) def. Jarod Styres (L-R), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles
1. Vinicius Botelho/Michael Saunders (NC) def. Robby Blackburn/David Richardson (L-R), 8-6
2. Mohammed Chakir/Cal Loveridge (NC) def. Aroon Khatter/Michael Owens (L-R), 8-0
3. Graydon Dunn/Jarod Styres (L-R) def. James Bethea/Jeffery Kiser (NC), 8-5

Records: Newberry (4-4, 1-0 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1, 0-1 SAC)

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