Written by Chris Pendleton
FREDERICK, Md.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team pulled out a 5-4 victory at Hood College on Tuesday as the Knights continued their best start ever climbing to 7-0 on the season.
After dropping two of three doubles matches—Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Kenneth Mize (Parker, Colo.) were the only Southern Virginia duo to win during doubles play at Hood—the Knights rallied to take four of five singles matches narrowly edging out the Blazers on their home courts.
Blocher, Timothy Birch (Sandy, Utah) and Mize each won their singles matches in straight sets earning Southern Virginia points at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots respectively.
The Knights dropped the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches, however, which knotted the score at 4-4 with only the second-seeded singles match remaining between Southern Virginia's Adam Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Hood's Andrew Blowe.
Blocher took the first set 6-2, but then dropped then next set 5-7 forcing a super-tiebreaker to decide the entire match with daylight fading.
After falling behind 1-6, Blocher rolled off a 9-1 run taking the super-tiebreaker 10-7 and tipping the match in the Knights' favor.
"That was a very gutsy win," said fourth-year head coach Tony Caputo. "I was especially proud of the way Adam recovered after falling behind in the tiebreaker with the whole match riding on him. He showed a ton of heart."
Men's tennis has two days off before playing back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 23-24 at PSU-Harrisburg and Guilford College.