GREENVILLE, S.C. – With the team score tied at 3-all, sophomore Jake Bhangdia broke open a 5-5 third set, winning consecutive games for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Daniel Stenger at flight five singles as Furman held off Presbyterian, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
The Paladins won the doubles point to open the match. After Presbyterian's Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills posted a 6-2 victory over freshman Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns at flight one, Furman reeled off wins at flights two and three for the first point. Senior Cameon Green and freshman Drew Singerman teamed up for a 6-2 advantage over Stenger and Jaime Castillo-Lopez at flight two, and Bhangdia and junior Alex Steryous downed Alejandro Bejar and Luis Conde, 6-2, at flight three.
Furman extended the lead to 2-0 when Singerman beat Castillo-Lopez in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, at flight four singles, but the Blue Hose tied the match at 2-2 after coming from behind for wins at flights two and three. Bejar notched a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 win versus Mitric at flight two, and Mills topped Munns, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, at number three.
Presbyterian took a 3-2 lead with a win at flight one, as Lykou defeated Green, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, but the Paladins tied the match when Steryous bested Conde, 6-1, 6-4, at flight six to set up the decisive flight five match-up.
At flight five, Bhangdia won set one, 6-4, then Stenger returned the favor with a 6-4 victory in the second set. Bhangdia took a 5-2 lead in the third set before Stenger won the next three games to push the score to 5-5, then Bhangdia put together two wins for the final point.
Furman (3-1) continues its seven-match home stand Saturday when the Paladins play host to College of Charleston at noon then square off against North Greenville at 4 p.m.