Men's Tennis Opens Season with Win at Bluefield

Written by Chris Pendleton

BLUEFIELD, Va.—Coming off a record breaking 2010-11 season in which the Knights won a program-best 12 games, the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team opened the 2011-12 season on Thursday with a 5-4 win at Bluefield College.

Southern Virginia (1-0) dropped the No. 1 doubles match at Bluefield, but then recovered to win the second and third-seeded doubles matches taking a 2-1 lead into singles play.

One of the Knights' doubles wins came by default, while Tyler Clark (Rocklin, Calif.) and Kenneth Mize (Parker, Colo.) pulled out a 9-8 (7-5) win in the seconded-seeded doubles match, which proved to be the difference as Southern Virginia split with Bluefield during singles play for the one-point victory.

"It's great to start the year with a win," said fourth-year head coach Tony Caputo. "We have a ways to go to get where we were last year, but we'll continue to work hard and improve every day."

Men's tennis has five days off before its next match at Lynchburg College on Tuesday, Sept. 27.