For immediate release – 3/1/2017 -
Tennis to Head to South Carolina after Single Men's Match
LYNCHBURG, VA – After both teams earned victories this past Sunday, the Randolph College tennis teams will get ready for an important Spring Break trip. However, prior to the teams' departure, the Randolph College men's team will take on one opponent.
The men's team (3-0 overall) will begin its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) slate on Thursday at Washington and Lee University (2-1, 1-0 ODAC). The last time these two teams played was in the ODAC Quarterfinals last year. Although the Generals were victorious by a line of 5-0, the match was much closer. The 'Cats will be looking to avenge that loss on Thursday.
After that single contest, Randolph (women's record: 2-1, 0-1) will head to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for three matches at the beginning of the week. The first comes against St. John Fisher College (w: 5-5/m: 0-0) on Sunday. The northeast does things differently in terms of Division III collegiate tennis. Many leagues have the women's season in the fall and the men's season in the spring. That is why the discrepancy in the schedules for the Cardinals. However, it will be the first match for either team in 2017, giving the WildCats the edge having already played three matches by the time this one comes around.
The 'Cats will play a school with a similar situation on Monday, taking on Nebraska Wesleyan University (w: 2-10/m: 1-5). Just like SJFC, the NWU women have played their entire conference schedule already, with the men having played every match in 2017. It should be interesting as this will be the first time that Randolph has ever played a team from the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). That is what makes Spring Break trips so great, the opportunity to play opponents from all over the country.
On Tuesday, the WildCats will square off against the University of Mount Union (w: 3-0/m: 3-1), another team from outside of the region. Depending on the results of the previous two matches, the contest with the Raiders may provide an opportunity for Jenna Sweet to tie the program record for most doubles wins. She already holds the singles record, and is three behind in doubles. The top four in both men's categories are all still active.
As can be seen, the Spring Break trip will be about the business of winning matches. However, the team will still get a chance to enjoy Hilton Head Island.