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