Written by Chris Pendleton
LYNCHBURG, Va.—After closing out its fall schedule with a 5-4 win at Randolph College back on Oct. 11, 2012, the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team opened spring play on Thursday, Mar. 14, again at Randolph, this time falling to the Wildcats 5-4.
"I was definitely pleased with our efforts," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We fell behind 4-1 and battled back through some difficult conditions to tie things up at 4-4, before eventually dropping the final singles match in a tiebreaker."
Southern Virginia (3-1) dropped two-of-three doubles matches to Randolph (3-2) on Thursday, which proved to be the match's deciding factor after the Knights split with the Wildcats in singles competition 3-3.
Andrew Angerbauer (Bountiful, Utah) and Lancaster Brown (Kaysville, Utah) combined for Southern Virginia's lone doubles win taking the No. 3 doubles match 8-2. Angerbauer and Brown also both won their singles matches in straight sets at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) was the only other Knight to record a win at Randolph pulling out a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) victory in the third-seeded singles match.
With the score tied at 4-4, Randolph's Dan Phung defeated Pradeep Ravisankar (Chennai, India) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at the No. 2 singles spot giving the Wildcats their first men's tennis victory over the Knights.
Men's tennis has one day off before playing at the University of Virginia's College at Wise on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 1 p.m.