Southern Virginia Takes Close Match at Shenandoah, 5-4

Southern Virginia Takes Close Match at Shenandoah, 5-4

SHENANDOAH, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team pulled out a gritty, one-match win at Shenandoah University on Monday afternoon prevailing 5-4 over the NCAA Division III Hornets.

Southern Virginia (8-5) took two of three doubles matches from Shenandoah (6-8), which proved to be the difference in the contest as the Knights went on to split singles play with the Hornets.

Despite a loss from Southern Virginia's top doubles team, Phillip Whiteley and Timothy Birch took a close-fought No. 2 doubles match for the Knights by the final score of 8-6.

Adam Williford and Brennan Alford then won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles to give Southern Virginia a one-match advantage heading into singles play.

The Knights took just enough singles matchups to secure the win, recording victories at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 singles.

Shaolin Chandam won the top-seeded singles match in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. 

After dropping the first set in his No. 4 singles match 4-6, Stefan Vlassek rallied to take the second set 6-1 and then dominated the deciding third set, winning six straight games to close out the match.

Brennan Alford was a 6-4, 6-3 straight-set winner at No. 6 singles to give Southern Virginia its fifth point, securing victory for the Knights.

Men's tennis will play again on Saturday, Apr. 9 against The University of Virginia's College at Wise. The match is part of a doubleheader with Southern Virginia women's tennis and will take place in Lexington, Va. on the Washington and Lee University Outdoor Tennis Courts starting at 11 a.m.

Saturday's match will make history for both men's and women's tennis as it will count as the first-ever home match for either program.