March 19, 2010

TIGERS WIN THRILLER OVER W&L

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 19, 2010)– Today's showdown between the top two teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference lived up to its billing, as the #13 regionally ranked Hampden-Sydney tennis team knocked off #6 regionally ranked and #22 nationally ranked Washington & Lee by a score of 5-4. The match was back and forth all afternoon long, culminating in a three-set thriller at the no. 1 singles spot to clinch the match for the Tigers.

In the doubles matchups, the no. 1 team of senior William Moss (Fredericksburg, VA/Fredericksburg) and junior Rich Pugh (Augusta, GA/Lakeside) played a solid match and won by an 8-2 margin. In no. 2 doubles, the team of junior Shad Harrell (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) andKevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) played a tough match but fell 8-5. In the no. 3 slot, juniors Tal Covington (Gainesville, VA/Flint Hill) and Zack Pack (Keysville, VA/Randolph-Henry)couldn't quite break through and fell 8-4 to make the score going into the singles matches 2-1 in favor of the Generals.

In singles play, Pugh made quick work of his opponent at the no. 2 spot, winning 6-3, 6-1 to even the match at two points apiece. W&L struck back, however, at the no. 3 slot as Harrell fought hard but was unable to take his match to put the Generals back up on top three points to two. At the no. 5 spot, Covington earned a hard-fought three set victory over his opponent by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to even things back up again at three apiece. Hampden-Sydney took the lead for the first time in the match when Calhoun stormed back after dropping the first set against his hard-hitting opponent to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 and move the overall score to 4-3 for the Tigers. The Generals would not go away, however, and at the no. 6 spot, Pack dropped a tough three match to set up the dramatic ending.

At the no. 1 spot, Moss was up against W&L's Hayden Lee, ranked #2 in the region and #5 in the entire nation, and he proved why in the first set, taking it 6-2. Moss regrouped, however, and broke White three times in the second set to win it 6-3 and set up a decisive third set. Both players were on their game and produced some exciting and memorable points, but it was three time ODAC player of the year Moss who was able to pull out the dramatic victory to give Hampden-Sydney the match by a final margin of 5-4.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC. Hampden-Sydney will return to action on Monday, March 23rd as they travel to Roanoke to take on the Maroons of Roanoke College at 3:30 pm. Their next home match is on Friday, March 26th when the Tigers will host Bridgewater College.

Singles
1. William Moss (HSC) def. #2 Hayden White (W&L): 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Rich Pugh (HSC) def. Jeremy Becht (W&L): 6-3, 6-1
3. Will Hall (W&L) def. Shad Harrell (HSC): 6-4, 6-3
4. Kevin Calhoun (HSC) def. Mac Davis (W&L):5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. Tal Covington (HSC) def. Ben Fass (W&L):6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Alex Brooke (W&L) def. Zack Pack (HSC):6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
1. Moss/Pugh (HSC) def. Brooke/Gaffney (W&L): 8-2
2. White/Becht (W&L) def. Harrell/Calhoun (HSC):8-5
3. Davis/Hall (W&L) def. Covington/Pack (HSC): 8-4