SWARTHMORE, Pa.— The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team went 1-1 on Saturday, falling 8-1 at No. 33 Swarthmore, before defeating regionally-ranked Franklin & Marshall College 6-3.
Against Swarthmore's doubles, the Knights struggled to get anything going, falling 8-3 at the top spot, and 8-6 at No. 2. The third doubles team comprised of Andrew Blonquist and Ethan Sherwood came the closest but weren't able to convert on two match points in the tiebreaker, falling 8-7(7).
Marcos Dias won the lone point for Southern Virginia in singles, taking down the top player from the Garnet 6-3, 6-2.
Later in the day, the Knights took the court again to take on regionally-ranked Franklin & Marshall.
In doubles, Southern Virginia managed to win two of the three points as Daniel Blonquist and Kukutla Motlojoa came out on top 8-6 at No. 1, while Marcos Dias and Been Spencer topped their opponents 8-5 at No. 2.
Dias was the first to finish his singles match, handling his opponent 6-2, 6-3 at the top position. Daniel Blonquist finished soon after Dias, downing the No. 3 player from the Diplomats 6-1, 6-2.
Following a Sherwood loss at 5, the Knights lead the match 4-2. Needing one more point to win, Ben Spencer found himself down 5-3 in the second set after winning the first 6-0. Only two points from losing the set, Spencer managed to connect on a pair of big forehand winners that helped him break back and get the set to 4-5. At that point, the momentum shifted, allowing for Spencer to reel off another three straight games and clinch the match for the Knights.
Motlojoa and Bassett were the last two on the court, both finding themselves in long, close matches. Motlojoa, battling through cramps and being forced to serve underhand at the end of the match, was able to overcome his opponent and earn a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Bassett fought until the end, but ultimately fell 7-6(11), 6-3.
The Knights have a week break from matches before returning to play on the 7th of March as they will hit the road again to take on No. 36 New York University