For Immediate Release – 3/24/17 - #255
WildCats Take Down Maroons for First ODAC Win of the Year
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's tennis team defeated Roanoke College on Friday, 7-2. It was the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win on the year for the WildCats.
Doubles play started the afternoon, and it featured one very close match. At number one, Doug Corbett and Bradley Strober teamed up and had a back and forth affair. Several of the games went to a deuce, showing just how tight it was. The match needed a tiebreak to decide it. However, the Maroons pulled out the win, 9-8 (7-3)
The two doubles match was not as close. JT von Seggern and Kyle Unruh used their serves very well in earning several points, including one game where the WildCats earned points shortly after all four serves for Unruh. Randolph took the match 8-2. Trevor Johnson and Tuan Tran paired in the third spot and were successful as well. The pair forced several errors along the way to an easy 8-0 victory.
The 'Cats came out strong in singles. Strober did not let the tough setback of the doubles match affect him at number one. He won the first game and kept up the momentum, giving up only four games in the two-set victory. Corbett rebounded as well, taking the first set 7-5. He dropped the second set, 6-4, which set up a super-tiebreak. Just as the whole match had gone, things went back and forth. But Corbett pulled it out for a 12-10 win.
Trevor Johnson had a similar score in three singles compared to what he had in doubles. He swept the first set, before being in for a closer second. However, he still managed to win, 6-0, 6-4. Joe Kaneda played well at number six and only needed two sets to take the victory. He won 6-3, 6-4.
Tran and von Seggern had battles at five and two respectively. Tran won the first set, in a back-and-forth manner, taking it 7-5. He lost the second, but came back and played a full third set. He showed great stamina and poise, sweeping his opponent. Von Seggern made a great comeback in the first set, winning the last three games, taking it 7-5. He fell in the second, setting up a third set. Games were traded, but he fell 6-3.
Randolph (5-3 overall, 1-2 ODAC) will return to action on Sunday, traveling to ODAC foe Emory & Henry College (2-7, 0-1). The match was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but was moved to 4 p.m. due to a likelihood of rain. The match will now take place at the Bristol Racquet and Fitness Club in Bristol, TN.