April 27, 2014

Tigers sweep BSC for second straight SAA Men’s Tennis Tournament title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (April 27, 2014) – For the second straight season, the Sewanee men's tennis team won the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament with a 5-0 win over Birmingham-Southern, Sunday, at the Old Fort Park Tennis Complex.

The Tigers pushed their unbeaten conference winning streak to 20 straight matches. Sewanee has also outscored its SAA opponents 32-0 over the past four contests.

Head coach John Shackelford also won his ninth conference championship.

Like the women's match, Sewanee needed to win early to set the right tone. The Tigers opened with a strong 8-2 doubles win at No. 1 by Eric Roddy and Alex Copper.

Despite that result, things looked different at No. 2. Down 6-2, Avery Schober and Connor Winkler needed to rally against Patrick Hire and Alex Makarenko. Schober and Winkler responded in a big way by winning the next six games. That gave the Tiger duo an 8-6 victory.

Like that match, Sewanee was down by a big deficit early at No. 3. Rand Jackson and Sean Laughlin responded by earning six straight games for a 8-5 comeback win against Brian Brandt and Ben Reardon.

In singles action, Sewanee kept its momentum after that two-point swing.

Alex Cooper pushed the Tigers' lead to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tony DaMaia at No. 4.

Schober then topped Christian Matthews in straight sets at No. 1 by a score of 6-2, 6-3.

With the match decision wrapped up, the remaining singles contests were stopped. Despite this Laughlin was about to close out a win at No. 6 and Jackson, Winkler, and Roddy had already won their first sets.

Schober was named the SAA Tournament MVP, while Cooper joined him on the All-Tournament Team.

With its No. 10 regional ranking and a 14-6 overall record, Sewanee will wait to see if they receive a bid in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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