A&T men's tennis wins its first postseason match in 17 years.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Sixth-seeded North Carolina A&T won its first men's tennis postseason match in 17 years when it defeated the third-seeded Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 4-3, in the first round of the Big South Conference Men's Tennis Championship Tournament Friday afternoon.
With the Aggies and the Bulldogs tied at 3, A&T freshman Ian Pedersen scored the final nine points against Connor Enslin 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 to clinch the historic win. The Aggies last conference tournament win came on April 21, 2005, in a 4-2 win over Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern-Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament in Altamonte Spring, Fla.
The Aggies, who improved to 12-9 on the season, advanced to the semifinals starting noon, Saturday, April 23, against No. 2 Radford at Marion Diehl Tennis Center in Charlotte, N.C.
As Pedersen and Enslin walked out on the court to start the final set, GWU's Alex Lepine had just defeated freshman Jorge Perez 7-5, 6-1 at No. 5 singles leading to the deciding match.