BUENA VISTA, Va. –The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team fell to visiting NAIA member Bluefield College on Thursday by a 6-3 margin.
In doubles competition, brothers Adam Blocher and Brian Blocher were the lone victors for the Knights as they edged out James Gunn and Chas Stonestreet 8-5. Bluefield took the other doubles matches by scores of 8-0 and 8-4.
B. Blocher also picked up one of two Knight victories in singles competition. At no. 6 singles, the Rockwood, Tennessee native beat the Rams' Ryan French in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
Freshman Zac Bowers had the other win for Southern Virginia at the No. 4 singles. In a tightly contested match, Bowers dropped the first set to Chas Stonestreet 3-6. The first year player showed composure and stormed back winning the second set 6-1 before taking the tie breaker 12-10.
Southern Virginia falls to 4-7 on the season while Bluefield improves to 3-9.
Men's tennis will look to bounce back this Saturday as it hosts Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's College of Maryland. Start time is slated for 1 pm.
Bluefield College 6, Southern Virginia 3
1. Markel Aramberri (BLUE) def. Pradeep Ravisankar (SVU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Lochlan Kitchen (BLUE) def. Dallin Evans (SVU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Carlton Tugman (BLUE) def. Cooper Brown (SVU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Zac Bowers (SVU) def. Chas Stonestreet (BLUE) 3-6, 6-1, 12-10
5. Borja Jimenez (BLUE) def. Adam Blocher (SVU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Brian Blocher (SVU) def. Ryan French (BLUE) 6-1, 6-0
1. Lochlan Kitchen/Carlton Tugman (BLUE) def. Pradeep Ravisankar/Dallin Evans (SVU) 8-0
2. Markel Aramberri/Borja Jimenez (BLUE) def. Cooper Brown/Zac Bowers (SVU) 8-4
3. Adam Blocher/Brian Blocher (SVU) def. James Gunn/Chas Stonestreet (BLUE) 8-5