Bishops sweep USA South Conference tennis titles


From staff reports

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The N.C. Wesleyan tennis program swept the USA South Conference Tournament finals on Sunday.

The men's team dominated once again to win its 10th straight title, but it was the women's championship match that came as a bit of a surprise.

The Bishops earned a 5-3 win over Methodist to earn the program's second league title. The Bishops won the conference in 2015 and have once again earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Both programs had to adjust to weather conditions to earn titles. Because of rain, the tournament finals were moved from the campus of LaGrange College to the indoor courts at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

There, the Bishops took care of business. The women earned their third victory in as many days, and for yet another afternoon, the Bishops took an advantage in singles play, taking four of five matches after dropping two of three doubles matches to begin the day. The sixth singles match was not completed after the Bishops clinched the title.

N.C. Wesleyan (12-3) came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the East, while Methodist (19-6) was the top seed in the division and ranked No. 10 in the region. The two squads met twice during the regular season, with each team earning a 5-4 victory on their home courts.

On the men’s side, their match didn’t start until the early part of the evening, but it took less than two hours for the Bishops to earn the five singles victories needed to clinch the match against Methodist, 5-0.

The Bishops have won 102 straight matches within the USA South Conference, dating back to 2009.