HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney tennis team emerged victorious from one of their most competitive matches to date as they defeated Roanoke College 8-1 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers earned easy victories at #2 and #2 doubles. Shad Harrell (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) andKevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) continued their winning ways as the #2 duo, taking down Chris Migliarese and Charles Graves 8-0. Zack Pack (Keysville, VA/Randolph-Henry) and Ian Sammler (Prince George, VA/Prince George) didn't have much more difficulty in earning an 8-2 win over Matt Osman and Greg Migliarese at #3.
The top billing in doubles proved to be a different story. Fans in attendance got to watch a classic showdown and witnessed a rarity - a tiebreaker to determine the winner. Rich Pugh (Augusta, GA/Lakeside) and Tal Covington (Gainesville, VA/Flint Hill) team together to take on Jon Roy and James Lee. It was a tactical, back-and-forth match as neither team could manage to fend off the other. Roy and Lee of Roanoke earned the eventual win in the marathon match, taking the tiebreaker by a score of 7-5 to win 9-8 (7-5).
Three through six singles all went the way of the Tigers. Calhoun breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 win at #3 while Covington handled business 6-0, 6-3 at #4. Pack posted a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5, and Sammler notched a 6-4, 6-0 victory at #6.
Roy and Lee would once again give the Tigers all they could handle, this time at #1 and #2 singles. Harrell battled Lee at the #2 spot with Pugh going up against Roy at #1. In two matches that were much more competitive than the score indicates, each player was forced in to some long rallies. However, unforced errors and the inability to be able to handle numerous well hit and well place hits proved to be the difference maker as Pugh and Harrell each earned 6-2, 6-1 wins.
Hampden-Sydney travels to Bridgewater College on Friday for a 3:30 pm contest.