MOUNT PLEASANT -- The top-seeded College of Charleston men's tennis team (16-4) fell to No. 4 Elon, 4-3, in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday.
Elon (9-13) opened the match strong as Cody MacDowell and Philip Nemec notched an impressive 8-2 decision at No. 2 doubles over sophomore John Harden and freshman Kyle Parker. Chase Helpingstine and Alberto Rojas then clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory over junior Lukas Koncilia and sophomore Tom Delme at the No. 1 spot.
But ultimately it came down to a deciding final singles match between the Phoenix's Alberto Rojas and the Cougars' Mickael Boyer at No. 4.
In the third set, Rojas jumped out to a 4-1 led before clinching a 6-4 victory to send the Phoenix (9-13) to the championship.
On the women's side, the top-seeded Cougars defeated No. 4 Davidson, 4-0, to secure a spot in today's championship match.
The Cougars will face either No. 2 Samford or No. 3 Furman at 2 p.m.
The Cougars (15-8) won the doubles point with 8-3 victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Holly Dowse and Emma Hayman downed Davidson's Virginia Berry and Teresa Wang at the No. 1 doubles position while Kinsey Casey and Irene Viana topped Ali Gores and Samantha Galainena at No. 3.
ELON 4, CHARLESTON 3
Singles: Koncilia (CofC) d. Nemec 6-2, 6-3; Trintignac (CofC) d. Helpingstine 6-4, 6-1; Turner (E) d. Delme 6-3, 6-1; Rojas (E) d. Boyer 7-6, 3-6, 6-4; Parker (CofC) d. MacDowell 6-4, 6-2; Darling (E) d. Harden 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles: Helpingstine-Rojas (E) d. Koncilia-Delme 8-6; MacDowell-Nemec (E) d. Harden-Parker 8-2; Darling-Turner (E) d. Boyer-Trintigac 7-6.
CHARLESTON 4, DAVIDSON 0
Singles: Dowse (CofC) d. Berry 6-1, 6-0; Hayman (CofC) did not finish Wang 7-5, 0-2; Newman (CofC) did not finish Synn 7-5, 1-0; Casey (CofC) d. Rauh 6-0, 6-3; Borza (CofC) d. Gores 6-3, 6-1; Mulligan (CofC) did not finish Galainena 6-3, 3-0.
Doubles: Dowse-Hayman (CofC) d. Wang-Berry 8-3; Borza-Evans (CofC) did not finish Rauh-Synn 5-4; Casey-Viana (CofC) d. Gores-Galainena 8-3.