March 8, 2011

Men's Tennis Wins at Hood, Moves Above .500

FREDERICK, Md. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team began its three day road trip on Tuesday with a 7-2 victory over Hood College and moved above .500 for the first time since early September. 

Southern Virginia (4-3) earned an early advantage over Hood (0-5) by taking all three doubles matches from the Blazers. 

The Knights top duo of Shaolin Chandam and Stefan Vlassek won 8-4 while Phillip Whiteley and Timothy Birch prevailed in No. 2 doubles by the same score. 

Brennan Alford and Adam Williford cruised at No. 3 doubles with an 8-1 win. 

In singles play, Chandam, Vlassek, Birch and Williford all added victories to their earlier doubles wins. 

Chandam was a straight-set winner at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3 and Vlassek did not drop a game in his 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4. 

Birch fought off shifting weather conditions to win the longest match of the day at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-4. 

After dropping the first set in No. 6 singles, Williford rallied back for a 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 10-4 victory in the only split-set match of the day. 

Tuesday's win marks the latest date that men's tennis has been above .500 in the program's five-year history. 

Southern Virginia faces Lancaster Bible College tomorrow, Mar. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The Knights will conclude their three-day, three-match road trip Thursday, Mar. 10 at McDaniel College.