Rams Men’s Tennis Team Falls Short to No. 20 Bears
BLUEFIELD, VA- Bluefield College men’s tennis team faced tough competition to start in Mid-South Conference play against nationally ranked University of Pikeville.

Rams Men’s Tennis Team Falls Short to No. 20 Bears

By Adriana Moreno | March 26, 2014 | RSS

The Rams competed in their first match of the conference on Tuesday March 11 at Bob Amos Park falling 8-1 to Pikeville University, which is ranked No. 20 in the nation.


A great start came from Carlton Tugman and Lochlan Kitchen at No. 1 doubles after a game-winning thriller put the team 1-0 over Pikeville. Tugman and Kitchen topped Sven Rodenbusch and Francois Billet after saving two match points and ending with the 9-7 win in the tiebreaker.


Bluefield was unable to pull off another win with Markel Aramberri and Borja Jiminez losing 8-4 against Pawel Tarasewicz and Marcos Sernandez Fondelius at No.2 doubles, and third-seeded Chas Stonestreet and James Gunn lost 8-2 against Connor Smith and Dmitry Babenkov.


The team struggled in single matches, not being able to take a win. Lochlan Kitchen came close but went down 6-4, 6-3 at the top seed against Rodensbusch with Markel Aramberri following with a loss to Billet 6-4, 6-1. Although the Rams fought competitively in the final four matches, the scores were not a good indication of their performance.


“It’s good to know that we as a team can be competitive with a nationally ranked team such as Pikeville and I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” sophomore transfer Carlton Tugman said.



  1. Sven Rodenbusch (UPIKE) def. Lochlan Kitchen (BC) 6-4, 6-3
  2. Francois Billet (UPIKE) def. Markel Aramberri (BC) 6-4, 6-1
  3. Dmitry Babenkov (UPIKE) def. Carlton Tugman 6-0, 6-1
  4. Juan Manuel Reyes (UPIKE) def. Borja Jiminez (BC) 6-3, 6-1
  5. Felix Singer (UPIKE) def. Chas Stonestreet (BC) 6-1, 6-0
  6. Marcos Sernandez Fondelius (UPIKE) def. James Gunn (BC) 6-0, 6-0


  1. Tugman/Kitchen (BC) def. Sven Rodenbusch/Billet (UPIKE) 9-8 (7)
  2. Pawel Tarasewicz/Fondelius (UPIKE) def. Aramberri/Jiminez (BC) 8-4
  3. Connor Smith/Babenkov (UPIKE) def. Stonestreet/Gunn (BC) 8-2

Bluefield 1-6; National Ranking: UR
Pikeville 3-4; National Ranking: No. 20


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