Southern Virginia Ends Season with Loss at Bluefield

Southern Virginia Ends Season with Loss at Bluefield

Written by Lancaster Brown 

BLUEFIELD, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team ended its season on Thursday with a 6-3 loss at Bluefield College. 

"This week was quite a challenge with three road matches in three days," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "I'm proud of our effort, but our long week caught up with us.  We can now look forward to next season and the core group of players that are returning." 

Southern Virginia (7-8) won two of the three doubles matches as the No. 1-seeded tandem Pradeep Ravisankar (Chennai, India) and Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) gave the squad an early edge with a victory over Bluefield's (2-11) Lochlan Kitchen and Matthew Moore in addition to a default win at the No. 3 doubles position. 

After falling behind by one set (5-4), Ravisankar and Blocher rallied back to edge out Kitchen and Moore for the 8-6 advantage. 

Throughout singles play, the Rams went on to win five of the six contests for the win on Thursday, dropping its lone singles point to the Knights at the No. 6 spot on account of default as well. 

Following a 4-1 start during the fall portion of the year, men's tennis finished 2012-13 with a 7-8 record and will prepare to join the Capital Athletic Conference next season.