September 25, 2010

Freshman Play Well in Loss to Emory & Henry

EMORY, Va. - The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team suffered its second straight defeat on Saturday, falling in a close match with Emory & Henry College, 4-5.

After winning two of three doubles matches, the Knights dropped four of six singles matches and slid to 1-2 on the season.

Aaron Hiatt stood out for Southern Virginia in the loss as the freshman was the only Knight to record two wins on the day. Hiatt teamed up with fellow freshman, Parker Monson, to win the third seeded doubles match, 8-6, and also prevailed in straight sets at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-4.

Sophomore Adam Williford and freshman Brennan Alford paired for their second doubles win of the season, defeating Emory & Henry's number two doubles team, 8-5, while junior Phillip Whiteley and freshman Timothy Birch fell in the top seeded doubles match, 4-8.

Birch recovered in singles play with a gritty No. 3 singles win. After dropping the first set 3-6, Birch rebounded to take the second set 6-1, and won the tiebreaking third set 10-4.

Whiteley, Williford, Alford and Monson were all defeated in singles play.

Coach Tony Caputo said of the match, "I was very happy with the progress that we showed this weekend. I am especially happy with the way our freshman stepped up. We lost to a good team today, but showed we are moving in the right direction."

Men's tennis returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 28, when it travels to face Ferrum Collge. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.