Knights Defeat Yellow Jackets, Snap Three-Match Slide

Written by Lancaster Brown 

INSTITUTE W.Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak on Tuesday in its 6-1 victory at West Virginia State University. 

"We had a great win today," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo.  "Everybody really stepped up, including strong wins from newcomers Isaac [Jacobson] and Seth [Richins]." 

Southern Virginia (7-6) swept all six singles matches and earned two of three doubles battles to West Virginia State (0-9) on route to the five-point defeat. 

Freshman Pradeep Ravisankar (Chennai, India) led the charge for the Knights with a 7-6, 6-3 win over the Yellow Jackets' No. 1-seed Mason Walling. 

Senior teammates Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.) and Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) then each added victories in their respective singles matches. Richins took both sets at the No. 5 position (6-1, 6-1) against West Virginia State's Ben Pannell while Jacobson held Howard Douglas scoreless winning 6-0, 6-0 as Southern Virginia's No. 6-seed. 

Knights freshman Andrew Angerbauer (Bountiful, Utah) defeated the Yellow Jackets' Roy McClanahan 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) in a competitive No. 2 singles match.  Angerbauer later moved to 2-0 on the day, teaming up with Richins in a convincing 8-1 victory at the No. 2 doubles slot. 

Junior Kenneth Mize (Parker, Colo.) rounded out the scoring for Southern Virginia coming from behind after dropping the first set to West Virginia State's No. 3-seed Matt Keefer 2-6 before taking the second set 6-4 followed by winning the tie breaker 10-7. 

Men's Tennis will travel tomorrow, Wed., Apr. 10, to Frostburg, Md., for its second match in as many days, facing future Capital Athletic Conference-opponent Frostburg State University.