BLUEFIELD, Va. – The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team rebounded from a three-match losing streak on Saturday and ended its fall season on a high note, defeating Bluefield College in a close match, 5-4.
Southern Virginia took two of three doubles matches against Bluefield as junior Phillip Whiteley and freshman Timothy Birch teamed up to take the top seeded doubles match, 8-6, and sophomore Adam Williford and freshman Brennan Alford paired to defeat Bluefield's number two doubles team, 9-7.
The Knights then split with Bluefield in six singles matches – all three wins coming from true freshmen. Birch won 6-1, 6-3 playing as the three seed, Alford won 6-2, 6-0 as the four seed and Parker Monson clinched the match win for Southern Virginia as the six seed, defeating his opponent 7-5, 6-0.
Whitely, Williford and Aaron Hiatt each lost in singles play.
The win over Bluefield brings Southern Virginia men's tennis to a 2-3 record during fall play. Coach Caputo said after the match, "We are very happy to go out this fall with a solid win and we are excited about the growth of our players, especially the freshmen who came a long way in a short time. We look forward to building on our progress in the spring."
Men's tennis is off for four months and will begin their spring season on Feb. 28 when they travel to Lynchburg, Va. to face Randolph College. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m.