HARRISBURG, Pa. Despite winning two of three doubles matches on Saturday, the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team fell to their host, Penn State Harrisburg, after losing five of six singles matches. The 3-6 loss to the NCAA D.III Nittany Lions drops the Knights to 1-1 on the season.
Phillip Whiteley was a bright spot for Southern Virginia in Saturday's loss as the junior teamed up with freshman Tim Birch to defeat Penn State Harrisburg's number one doubles team, Nate Tulchinsky and Tyler Bixler, 8-0.
Whiteley then faced Tulchinsky again in the top seeded singles match of the day, which lasted over three hours as humidity levels in Harrisburg, Pa. reached 80 percent. Whiteley outlasted Tulckinsky, 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4, to remain undefeated in singles and doubles play on the season. "Nobody works harder than Phil," said Coach Caputo of his junior co-captain.
Sophomore Adam Williford and freshman Brennan Alford of Southern Virginia also gave valiant efforts in the contest as the duo came back from a 1-4 deficit to win their doubles match 8-6. Freshman Aaron Hiatt put up a good fight in his singles match before succumbing in two tie breakers, 6-7 (7-2) and 6-7 (7-5).
Southern Virginia University men's tennis team returns to action on Sept. 22 when they travel to face Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.