MACON, GA. -- With the score tied at 3-all, Nicolas Guillon outlasted freshman Ivan Mitric, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, at flight three singles to lead Mercer past Furman, 4-3, Saturday in the Paladins' regular season finale at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center in Macon, Ga.
With the win, the Bears earn the No. 2 seed in next weekend's SoCon Championships, while the Paladins will enter the tournament as the league's No. 3 seed. Furman (17-7, 5-2 SoCon) will square off against Wofford Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the opening round of the tournament, which is being held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mercer won two of three doubles matches to take the opening point. Sam Philp and Olivier Stuart held off senior Cameron Green and junior Jake Munns, 7-6, in the top-seeded contest, and Guillon and Ruben Vanoppen defeated sophomores Clarke Wilson and Trevor Croyder, 6-4, at flight two. At number three, Furman freshmen Drew Singerman and Mitric scored a 7-6 advantage over Carver Arant and Fernando Guardia.
Green tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win versus Philp at flight one singles, and the teams traded points at flights four and five to bring the score to 2-2. Guardia topped Singerman, 7-5, 6-1, at number four, and Wilson downed Vanoppen, 6-2, 7-6, at number five.
Stuart gave the Bears a 3-2 advantage with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over Munns at flight two, but sophomore Jake Bhangdia evened the score at 3-apiece, defeating Arant, 6-3, 6-4, at flight six, setting up the decisive flight three contest.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Mercer Men's Tennis 4, Furman 3
Apr 14, 2018 at Macon, Ga. (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center)
1. Cameron Green (FUR) def. Sam Philp (MER-M) 6-3, 6-0
2. Olivier Stuart (MER-M) def. Jake Munns (FUR) 7-6, 6-0
3. Nicolas Guillon (MER-M) def. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Fernando Guardia (MER-M) def. Drew Singerman (FUR) 7-5, 6-1
5. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Ruben Vanoppen (MER-M) 6-2, 7-6
6. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Carver Arant (MER-M) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,6,3)