Men’s Tennis Fall Recap

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Sean Dahlin and Matthew McKinney

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Heading into the upcoming 2013 spring season, the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team ended its fall season with a solid 3-1 record.

"We had a successful fall season and our new scholar-athletes received valuable experience to help their transition into the spring," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "Shaolin [Chandam] served as a great leader for our team this fall."

Led by senior captain Shaolin Chandam (Chandigarh, India),—who finished 4-0 in singles play without dropping a set—Southern Virginia started the year with match victories over Ferrum College and Frostburg State University both by a 7-2 result respectively.

In their season debut, the Knights jumped out to a 5-1 advantage over the Panthers through singles contests—winning each of the five singles matches in straight sets—and sealed the victory winning the final two doubles matches.

Similarly in its second match-up of the season, Southern Virginia took five of the games in singles competition at Frostburg State while again finishing with two doubles wins from number-one seeded teammates Chandam and Birch along with number-three seeded doubles partners Kenneth Mize (Parker, Colo.) and Josh Michelsen (Ontario, Calif.) 

The Knights stumbled in their sole loss to Old Dominion Athletic Conference-member Lynchurg College 5-4. After an even 3-3 battle through singles competition, the Hornets held on for the win with a 2-1 doubles match advantage.   

Southern Virginia closed out the fall with its third win defeating Randolph College in a close 5-4 battle. All four Knights to win in singles competion—No. 1 Chandam, No. 2 Josh Hinkle (Bountiful, Utah), No. 3 Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and No. 5 Mize—did so in straight sets.

"It will be difficult to replace Shaolin [Chandam] who had a great career here at Southern Virginia," said Caputo who led men's tennis to a 15-1 record last season the most successful athletic season in Southern Virginia's 16-year history. "I feel as a team, however, we're up to the task of the challenging spring schedule."

Including his unbeaten record as the number-one seed, Chandam went 3-1 in the doubles circuit while two of those wins occurred when he teamed up with fellow senior Timothy Birch (Sandy, Utah).

Hinkle also finished undefeated in singles play with a 4-0 record coming out on top of each set he played while Blocher ended the fall at 3-1.

Men's tennis will begin the 2013 spring season on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in a rematch at Randolph College.