LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College men's tennis team fell to visiting Averett University, 9-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Randolph Tennis Courts.
In doubles play, Bradley Strober (Stockton, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and Edgar Ellis (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) fell 8-0 in flight one while Daniel Crutcher (Newton, N.C./Maiden) and Joe Kaneda (Media, Pa./Penncrest) fell 8-4 in flight two. Averett completed the sweep as the Cougars defeated the sophomore tandem of Ben Roberts (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) and John Coffron (Front Royal, Va./Warren County), 8-1.
The Cougars would go on to sweep all six singles matches, though the WildCats managed to push two of the matches to three sets. At flight one, Strober staged a comeback in the second set, winning the tie breaker to force a third set but would ultimately fall to Nicholas Yanes, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Crutcher fell to Henry Blanco, 6-4, 6-0 at flight two while Ellis dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Simon Levinsson in flight three. Kaneda managed to win the first set of his match but his opponent rallied to take the second set, forcing a third. In the end, Kaneda would fall, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to Thomas Woodcock in the fourth flight.
Coffron lost flight five, 6-0, 6-0, to Alvaro Jimenez while Minh Hoang (Lynchburg, Va./Niagra Catholic) fell 6-0, 6-0 to Jon Smith in flight six.
The WildCats drop to 2-5 and will look to bounce back when they travel to Guilford College on Saturday, March 31 for a 1 p.m. conference tilt.