April 16, 2012

Randolph-Macon Prevails 5-4 in a Marathon Match

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Randolph-Macon tennis team prevailed 5-4 over Hampden-Sydney in a marathon match that lasted just five minutes shy of four hours.

Kevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA / Mills Godwin) and Watt Mountcastle (Richmond, VA / Freeman), who was filling in for an injured Ian Sammler, took the #1 doubles match 8-6. Ryan Davis (Roanoke, VA / Cave Spring) and Franklin Bowers (New Bern, NC / Arendell Parrott Academy) defeated Frank Donnelly and Jody Cox 9-7 in #3 doubles. Barrett Polan (Greenwich, CT / Greenwich) and Zack King (Henrico, VA / Mills Godwin) rounded out doubles with a 9-8 (9-7) loss at the #2 flight.

Jody Cox got singles started off well for the visitors with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bowers at #6. Mederick Ceril then took out Calhoun 6-2, 6-4 at the #1 flight. King followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the #2 seed to give each team three wins through six matches.

The next three matches would all need either a third set or a second-set tiebreaker to determine the winner. Houghton Flanagan (Charlotte, NC / Myers Park) lost the first set at #4 singles 6-2 but rebounded to force a tiebreaker for the second set. Flanagan battled tough but Ira Ursy proved to be too much to handle as he won the second set 7-6 (7-4). 

Davis lost his first set 1-6 at the #3 flight, but he bounced back to win the second set 6-2. He then closed out Connor Hoerr in the third set 6-4. In the longest match of afternoon, Polan took the first set 6-3 at #5 against Donnelly. Polan responded with a 6-4 second set win. Regulation was not enough to determine the winner in the third set as a tiebreaker was needed to crown the winner of the team match. Polan would go on to lose the third set 7-6 (7-4).

With the loss, the Tigers secure the #6 seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament and will face #3 Guilford College at Guilford in the first round of the tournament.

The Tigers regular season is not over yet as league-leading Washington & Lee University comes to Hampden-Sydney on Friday for a 3:30 pm match.