The men’s tennis teams of Presbyterian and Coastal Carolina only played as long as it took for one team to win on Friday.
The Blue Hose won 4-1, not 6-1, as a result. When Presbyterian (9-6) clinched the match, that was the end of it, senior day and all.
Coastal Carolina (7-6) got its only point in doubles, winning two of the three matches.
Max Stenger, one of two Blue Hose seniors, won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 singles over the Chanticleers’ Daiki Tanabe. Max Benson’s opponent at No. 1, Bastien Huon, had to retire from the match in the second set.
The Blue Hose clinched the match as Nicholas McKinney earned a straight-set (6-4, 6-2) victory over Pyry Hyrkkonen at No. 4.
With his win at No. 4, McKinney pushed his singles win streak to seven in a row. PC broke a 6-match skid against Coastal Carolina with the victory.
PC qualified for the Big South championship, to be held April 16-17 in Charlotte, N.C., in a field limited to the top four teams this spring.
UNC Asheville (5-0 conference) is the top seed, followed by Radford (4-1), Gardner-Webb (3-2) and Presbyterian (2-3).
The championship site is Marion Diehl Tennis Center. The Blue Hose will face UNCA in the opening round on Friday at 11 a.m.
The good news for PC softball was that Jaiden Tweed belted her second home run of the spring. The bad news was that Winthrop swept a Big South doubleheader, 3-1 and 3-0, in Rock Hill.
Tweed went deep in the first inning of game one, producing the only run the Blue Hose scored all day.
Haley Haselden tossed a complete game in the opener and struck out 9, her highest total as a Blue Hose. Jenna Greene went the distance for PC in game two and yielded just 3 hits while fanning 4.
Kiley Kross had a hit in both games.
The Blue Hose (9-11, 3-8 conference) and Eagles (19-19, 6-7) wrap up their 3-game weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m.