April 13, 2011

Southern Virginia Records First Ten-Win Season

ASHLAND, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team set another milestone Wednesday afternoon defeating Randolph-Macon College 8-1 recording the program's first ten-win season.

"It's a great moment for our tennis program," said third-year head coach Tony Caputo.

"We set three goals this year—to have the first winning season in Southern Virginia men's tennis history, to reach double-digit victories, and to beat three of our rivals that we have never beaten before (Ferrum, Shenandoah and Lynchburg). Its very rewarding to have accomplished two of our three goals at this point and we have a chance to wrap up the third tomorrow at Lynchburg."

The match was part of a doubleheader with Southern Virginia women's tennis, which also defeated the Yellow Jackets (5-4).

In the first meeting between the two schools, Southern Virginia (10-5) swept doubles play from Randolph-Macon (3-10) gaining an early advantage in the match.

Shaolin Chandam and Stefan Vlassek cruised 8-1 in the top singles match while Adam Williford and Brennan Alford won at No. 3 doubles by the same score.

Phillip Whiteley and Timothy Birch teamed for a solid 8-3 win in the second-seeded singles match.

With a 3-0 lead heading into singles play, the Knights took five out of six singles matches to reach the final score.

Chandam continued his strong play of late with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Vlassek (No. 3) and Birch (No. 4) also met little resistance in their respective singles victories.

Whiteley won a tight match at No. 2 singles 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and Williford prevailed 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

The loss closed out the season for Randolph-Macon men's tennis while the Southern Virginia men have two remaining matches, both doubleheaders with women's tennis.

"I am proud of our accomplishments," added Caputo. 

"But even more than a winning record, I am proud of the character of our team. Opposing coaches have commented that our scholar-athletes are the nicest young men they have played all year with the best sportsmanship."

The Knights' penultimate match of the year is tomorrow at Lynchburg College beginning at 4 p.m.