FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—Participating in its second ever United States Tennis Association ITA Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by CAC member University of Mary Washington, the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team had a strong showing Saturday in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Against a tough field of opponents, senior Brian Blocher was the lone Knight to earn a victory on the day, winning his first singles match 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 against Tyler Cook of fellow CAC member Penn St. Harrisburg. In the second round of the tournament, the Rockwood, Tennessee, native stood strong, but eventually fell to John Kneisley of Dickinson College by a score of 4-6, 3-6.
"Brian played well in two very tough matches," said head coach Tony Caputo.
In the other Southern Virginia singles match, Dallin Evans fought hard after losing the first set 0-6. Evans came back to win a hard tightly contested second match 6-4, before losing a third super tie-breaker 1-0 (10-5), to Bryan Gregory of Juniata College.
"Dallin made a valiant attempt at a comeback after being swept in the first set of what would become a terrific struggle," Caputo said.
Sophomore Kjell Henness and junior Parker Monson teamed up in doubles play, but were unable to find a victory after playing both matches more than 12 hours apart. The duo fell in its first match by an 8-4 margin, then dropped its final match of the day by a score of 8-1.
Men's tennis is back in action this Friday, Oct. 3, as it hosts Randolph College at 3:30 at the Tennis Courts at The Fields in Buena Vista, Virginia.
Bryan Gregory (Juniata) def. Dallin Evans (SVU) 6-0, 4-6, 1-0(10-5)
Brian Blocher (SVU) def. Tyler Cook (Penn St.-Harrisburg) 7-6(9-7), 6-2
John Kneisley (Dickinson) def. Brian Blocher (SVU) 6-4, 6-3
William Sharp / Kevin Minter (Ferrum) def. Kjell Henness / Parker Monson (SVU) 8-4
Mike Herman / Justin McNabb (Penn St.-Abingdon) def. Kjell Henness / Parker Monson (SVU) 8-1