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Men's Tennis falls to Presbyterian in SAC semifinals

ROCK HILL, SC -- Top-seeded and #19th-ranked Presbyterian rolled into the finals of the 2004 Food Lion/South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament with a 5-1 semifinal win over fifth-seeded Catawba on Friday afternoon at the Memorial Courts on the campus of Winthrop University. In doubles, PC took a 2-1 advantage after senior Graeme Lauriston (Mission Beach, Australia) and freshman Paul Ratchford (Delta, BC, CANADA) defeated CC's freshmen duo of Jose Valezquez (Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) and David Argente (Tlalnepantla, MEXICO) 8-4 at #1 doubles and sophomores K%@!#$&ij Dwivedi (New Delhi, INDIA) and Nick Osborne (Hutton Rudby, ENGLAND) defeated CC's juniors Eric Noll (Monmouth Junction, NJ) and Alvin Owusu (Power Springs, GA) 8-2 at #2 doubles. Catawba earned their point at #3 doubles as sophomore Geoff Fouad (Missouri City, TX) and freshman Drew Ramsey (Raleigh, NC) defeated PC's junior Alistair Morgan (Cheltenham, ENGLAND) and sophomore Hector Rincon (London, ENGLAND) 8-3. PC opened singles with Ratchford winning 6-0, 6-1 at #2 singles over CC's Argente and PC's Dwivedi defeated Noll at #3 singles 6-0, 6-1 to pull ahead 4-1. The Blue Hose got the deciding fifth point at #4 singles as Lauriston defeated Owusu 6-2, 6-0. Presbyterian (15-3) advances to the finals tomorrow where they will face either No. 2 seed Tusculum College or #3 seed Carson-Newman College at 10:00 am. Catawba falls to 10-14 on the season. MATCH SUMMARY PRESBYTERIAN 5, CATAWBA 1 SINGLES #1 Hector Rincon (P) vs. Jose Valezquez (C) DNF #2 Paul Ratchford (P) d. David Argente 6-0, 6-1 #3 K%@!#$&ij Dwivedi (P) d. Eric Noll 6-0, 6-1 #4 Graeme Lauriston (P) d. Alvin Owusu 6-2, 6-0 #5 Nick Osborne (P) vs. Geoff Fouad (C) DNF #6 Taylor Calcote (P) vs. Andrew Sufficool (C) DNF DOUBLES #1 Ratchford/Lauriston (P) d. Valezquez/Argente 8-4 #2 Dwivedi/Osborne (P) d. Noll/Owusu 8-2 #3 Fouad/Drew Ramsey (C) d. Rincon/Morgan 8-3 RECORDS: Presbyterian 15-3; Catawba 10-14. #####

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