By Laura Workman
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's tennis squad opened the 2014 fall season with an 8-1 victory over visiting West Virginia State University Friday afternoon at the Tennis Courts of Southern Virginia University.
The Knights showcased three newcomers in the first contest of the fall season. Kjell Henness, Parker Monson and Aaron Hiatt walked away with victories. Doubles partners Dallin Evans and Brian Blocher defeated West Virgina's No. 1 doubles partners Logan Jarrett and Caleb Starkey 8-2.
No.2 doubles Brennan Alfrord and Kjell Hennis overcame Alex Swain and Matt Keefer 8-4, while Parker Monson and Aaron Hiatt beat WVS' Bayler Vankirk and Ben Pannell by a score of 8-4 to pick up the doubles sweep for the Knights.
In singles play, Dallin Evans, Brian Blocher, Kjell Henness, Parker Monson and Aaron Hiatt added wins. Swain of West Virginia State defeated Alford after three close sets.
"I came away really impressed with Kjell Henness winning his first collegiate tennis match," Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo said. "He didn't even play on his high school team, so he's playing very well with a limited background in the sport. He has a natural talent and is progressing nicely."
The Knights look to extend their streak as they take on Randolph College Friday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 pm at The Tennis Courts of Southern Virginia University.