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April 9, 2011

Men's Tennis Secures First Winning Season

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team defeated the University of Virginia's College at Wise on Saturday securing the first winning season in the program's five year history.

Saturday's match, played at Washington and Lee University as part of a doubleheader with women's tennis, also counted as the first home match Southern Virginia tennis history.

Southern Virginia (9-5) got off to a strong start against UVA-Wise (1-6) winning all three doubles matches by large margins.

Shaolin Chandam and Stefan Vlassek teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while Phillip Whiteley and Timothy Birch were 8-3 winners in the second-seeded doubles match. 

The duo of Adam Williford and Brennan Alford dropped only one game in their 8-1 No. 3 doubles victory.

Up 3-0 in the match, the Knights carried their momentum into singles play taking five of six matches from the visitors.

Chandam won emphatically at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-1. Vlassek was likewise dominant in his 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles. 

After a close win in the opening set of his No. 4 singles match, Birch controlled the second set for a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Williford prevailed at No. 5 singles 4-6, 6-4, 10-1 in the only split-set match of the doubleheader and Alford picked up the final point for the Knights with a solid 6-2, 6-2 win in the sixth-seeded singles match.

"It was great to play our first home match in five years," said third-year head coach Tony Caputo. "Our legs looked fresh and our guys played great—securing our program's first winning season made the day that much better."

Men's tennis is back on the road Wednesday, Apr. 13 for a match at Randolph-Macon College beginning at 4 p.m. The match will be another doubleheader with women's tennis.

Southern Virginia 8, UVA-Wise 1

Singles Competition

  1. CHANDAM, Shaolin (SVU) def. HOLCOMB, Zack (UVA-Wise) 6-0, 6-1
  2. CUPP, Chase (UVA-Wise) def. WHITELEY, Phillip (SVU) 6-4, 6-1
  3. VLASSEK, Stefan (SVU) def. WOOD, Steven (UVA-Wise) 6-1, 6-1
  4. BIRCH, Timothy (SVU) def. AUSTIN, Nick (UVA-Wise) 6-4, 6-1
  5. WILLIFORD, Adam (SVU) def. SISK, Matt (UVA-Wise) 4-6, 6-4, 10-1
  6. ALFROD, Brennan (SVU) def. STEWART, Jimmy (UVA-Wise) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles Competition
  1. CHANDAM, Shaolin/VLASSEK, Stefan (SVU) def. HOLCOMB, Zack/CUPP, Chase (UVA-Wise) 8-2
  2. WHITELEY, Phillip/BIRCH, Timothy (SVU) def. WOOD, Steven/AUSTIN, Nick (UVA-Wise) 8-3
  3. WILLIFORD, Adam/ALFROD, Brennan (SVU) def. SISK, Matt/COLLINS, Mark (UVA-Wise) 8-1