FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Feb. 25, 2017) – With half of its roster in Sewanee competing against Transylvania and the other half in Fredericksburg, Va., taking on both N.C. Wesleyan and No. 27 Mary Washington, the Tiger men's tennis team finished with 2-1 record, Saturday.
Sewanee swept Transy 9-0 and won its opening match in the Old Dominion state against Wesleyan, 6-3. The Tigers then had an epic battle against No. 27 Mary Washington finally falling to the Eagles by a score of 5-4.
Sewanee 9 --- Transylvania 0
After sweeping the doubles matches, Alejandro Becker defeated Greene at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1.
At the other five singles positions, freshman Hayden Loeb at No. 2, freshman Hamza Khan at No. 3, sophomore Sean Halloran at No. 4, sophomore Mac McCullough at No. 5, and sophomore Michael Tefel at No. 6, all won their matches 6-0, 6-0.
Sewanee 6 --- N.C. Wesleyan 3
After Wesleyan earned its first point at No. 1 doubles, Sewanee answered in singles. Schober outlasted Brokakis at No. 1, 7-5, 7-5 while junior Davis Owen earned a long 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3.
Sophomore Jack Gray won at No. 4 over Mark Sokolov in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 while a court over at No. 5, Davis topped Henry Lam 6-4, 7-6 (8).
No. 27 Mary Washington 5 --- No. 37 Sewanee 4
In a match that lasted over six hours, Mary Washington finally defeated the Tigers on its home court.
Mary Washington took an early 2-1 lead after doubles. The lone win for the Tigers in doubles came at No. 3 when Davis and Brewer stayed unbeaten with an impressive 8-1 victory against Derek Hagino and Patrick Hughes.
The Eagles continued to lead after Matt Miles topped Owens in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 7-6. Down 3-1, Carro responded for Sewanee. The Memphis, Tenn., native topped Michael Fleming in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.
Mary Washington answered back with another win, this time from Brandon Griffin. After winning the first set 6-3, Griffin could not put away Schober at No. 1. The Tiger senior rallied to force the third set by winning the second at 7-5. Unfortunately, the Dallas, Texas native fell just short in the third, losing 7-5.
Needing just one win to close out the contest, Mary Washington's Hughes found himself up 4-1 in the third set against Gray. After splitting the first two sets 6-1, 4-6, Gray dug deep. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native responded in a big way winning five straight games to take the set and match.
Sewanee then tied the score at 4-4 after Brewer topped Hagino at No. 6, 6-2, 6-3. This all set up the final match at position 5. After Davis won the first set 7-6, the Tiger freshman could not hold the lead the final two frames. Joseph Brown rallied for Mary Washington winning the final two sets 6-0, 6-1.
Sewanee quickly returns to action with a pair of contests, Sunday. Half the roster will play LaGrange at home while the road Tigers will take on Stevens in Virginia.