Fredericksburg, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team had a solid first day at the Southeast ITA regional tennis tournament with two of their doubles teams and a pair of singles players advancing to the second day.
The Knights (2-0) had two doubles teams that made it into the championship draw of doubles, and both teams were seeded, earning them a first-round bye. In the second round, Kukutla Motlojoa and Daniel Blonquist finished first, defeating their opponent from Lebanon Valley College 8-0. Marcos Dias and Paul Monson had a closer match but were eventually able to top their opponents from Johns Hopkins 8-6, advancing both teams to the third-round.
In singles, all four Knights that made the championship draw won their first-round matches. Dias and Motlojoa earned straight-set wins, 6-1, 6-2, and 6-3, 6-4 against players from Swarthmore and Christopher Newport, while Blonquist and Monson topped their opponents in three-set matches 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
In the second round of singles, Dias and Motlojoa both matched up against players from Mary Washington. Dias quickly dispatched of his opponent 6-1, 6-3, as Motlojoa battled cramps throughout the whole third-set, but was able to pull off a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 win, sending them both through to the third round. Blonquist and Monson both fought hard as well, but weren't able to come out on top as Blonquist dropped his match 6-4, 6-3, and Monson bowed out of his early due to cramps 6-4, 2-0.
In the A flight of doubles, the duo of Ben Spencer and Ethan Sherwood won both of their matches on the day, as they topped a team from Franklin & Marshall 8-7, and a team from Dickinson 8-3. Sherwood also won his first-round match of singles as he easily defeated a player from Lebanon Valley 6-1, 6-1.
All Knights that are still in the tournament will compete tomorrow, the fifth of October, with all match times differing throughout the day.