Written by Chris Pendleton
FERRUM, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team defeated Ferrum College 8-1 on Wednesday as the Knights collected their 12th victory of the season tying the program record for single-season wins set by last year's team.
Southern Virginia (12-1) swept all three doubles matches from Ferrum (1-14) before taking five of six singles matches from the Panthers on route to the lopsided victory.
All five Knights to win in singles competition—No. 2 Tyler Clark (Rocklin, Calif.), No. 3 Phillip Whiteley (Logan, Utah), No. 4 Timothy Birch (Sandy, Utah), No. 5 Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and No. 6 Kenneth Mize (Parker, Colo.)—did so in straight sets.
After an extraordinarily warm spring, Southern Virginia was forced to brave a cold front traveling through central Virginia on Wednesday dropping temperatures below fifty degrees in some areas.
"That was the coldest, windiest day of the season, which made play very difficult," said fourth-year head coach Tony Caputo, who has now led men's tennis to back-to-back winning season for the first time in program history. "I'm proud of the way our guys hung in there and played at a high level despite the elements."
With three matches remaining, men's tennis has an excellent chance to set a new program record for single-season wins in 2012.
The Knights play again tomorrow at Lynchburg College (3-12) starting at 4 p.m. EST.