Written by Chris Pendleton
MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team continued its best start ever on Friday winning 6-3 at Penn State-Harrisburg and climbing to 8-0 on the season.
With Friday's win, men's tennis not only improved upon its best start in program history, but also set a new record across all Southern Virginia athletic teams for consecutive road wins (8).
Southern Virginia (8-0) trailed 1-2 after doubles play as the Tyler Clark (Rocklin, Calif.) and Adam Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) were the only Knights to prevail in doubles competition taking the second-seeded match 8-3.
In singles play, Southern Virginia rebounded to take five of six matches to remain undefeated on the season.
All five Knights who won their singles matches—No. 1 Shaolin Chandam (Chandigarh, India), No. 2 Clark, No. 4 Phillip Whiteley (Logan, Utah), No. 5 Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), No. 6 Timothy Birch (Sandy, Utah)—did so in straight sets.
"I'm really happy with the way we played against today," said fourth-year head coach Tony Caputo following the Knights' eighth consecutive win. "It's tough to play every match on the road, but our guys have done a great job preparing and coming ready to play."
With tomorrow's match at Guilford College postponed on account of rain, men's tennis is off until Tuesday, Mar. 27 when the Knights travel to Randolph-Macon College for a match at 4 p.m. EST.