Men's Tennis Finishes Historic Regular Season with Big Win
The men's tennis team capped their most successful season of the modern era by notching their 16th win of the year over No. 30 Washington & Lee on Downing Howell Courts, 6-3. The Petrels finish the regular season with an SCAC-era school-best .842 winning perecentage at 16-3 overall.
Highly regarded in their region and ranked No. 30 in the nation, the Generals of Washington & Lee were stymied by a relentless Petrel group that took two of three doubles points before clinching the match with 4 of 6 singles wins. The No. 1 doubles combo of Felix Mann-Ross Beall set the tone with a hard fought 9-7 win over the Generals top pair.
The Petrels and Mann carried that momentum through to the singles matches with Mann recording a surprisingly easy 6-1, 6-0 victory over region No. 6 Hayden White. Alex Biffle also notched a win over a ranked opponent, topping No. 17 Jeremy Becht, 6-2, 7-6 (3) and Bryan Bailey clinched the win at No. 5 singles. Complete Washington & Lee match results listed below.
The Petrels will begin postseason play this Friday at 8:00 a.m. when they square off with SCAC No. 5 Sewanee in North Little Rock, Ark. The winner of that match secures a top-4 conference finish and a shot to play SCAC No. 1 Trinity for a place in the league finals.
|#1 Singles||Felix Mann||#32 Hayden White||Oglethorpe University||6-1, 6-0|
|#2 Singles||Alex Biffle||Jeremy Becht||Oglethorpe University||6-2, 7-6(3)|
|#3 Singles||Ross Beall||Michael Freeman||Washington & Lee University||6-0, 6-3|
|#4 Singles||Ethan Motz||Jonathan Gaffney||Oglethorpe University||6-4, 6-3|
|#5 Singles||Bryan Bailey||Ben Fass||Oglethorpe University||7-6, 6-3|
|#6 Singles||Jeremiah Farmer||Brian Roberts||Washington & Lee University||7-5, 6-1|
|#1 Doubles|| Ross Beall
| Mac Davis
|#2 Doubles|| Alex Biffle
| Brian Roberts
|Washington & Lee University||8-3|
|#3 Doubles|| Ethan Motz
| Michael Freeman