LITITZ, PA. The Southern Virginia University Knights Men’s Tennis team capped a record breaking season by winning Monday 8-1 over Lancaster Bible College. The victory along with a split against King and USC-Lancaster left the Knights with a record of 9-10 on the season surpassing last season’s record win total of 6. SVU was able to beat USC-Lancaster 6-3 score, but fell to a strong opponent in King 0-9.
Against Lancaster Bible the Knights began the day by sweeping through its doubles matches. At #1 Stefan Vlassek and Freshman Adam Williford won 8-2 over Brandon Klinger and Brendan Arey to run their doubles record to 7-4 as a team. At #2 Phillip Whiteley and Caleb Caputo won by a score of 8-6 over Phil Smock and Peter Coderre to improve their record as a unit to 5-4. Finishing up the sweep was team of Brian Stant and Chris Rogers who ran their record to 3-3 after winning by an identical 8-6 score over Dan McAllister and Josh Formanek of LBC.
In singles action Vlassek led the way by sweeping Smock 6-0, 6-0 to improve his record at #1 to 10-8 on the year. At #2, Whiteley moved to 9-10 on the year with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Coderre. Not reflected in Whiteley’s record is a championship in a tournament last week where Whiteley defeated collegiate players from the Lynchburg area in #1 singles and won the doubles championship as well with teammate Chris Rogers. SVU was well represented by #3 seed Williford who also won by a 6-1, 6-0 score to run his record to 6-6 this year. At #4 Stant finished strong by winning 6-2, 6-0 to increase his record to 11-6 in his inaugural campaign. Lancaster Bible broke through with a hard earned 7-5, 6-1 victory over Chris Rogers who fell to 6-10 on the season. Finishing up his career was Caleb Caputo who improved to 7-2 on the year after defeating Caleb Graves of Lancaster by a score of 6-1, 6-1.
Head Coach Tony Caputo felt great optimism in looking at the future of the program. SVU will welcome back several key players from this years team as well as incoming transfer and freshman players that will improve the overall quality of the program. The team finishes with one of the best records in the short history of the program.