For Immediate Release – 4/19/17 - #303
'Cats Come From Behind to Take Down Tigers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Randolph College men's tennis team battled adversity and Hampden-Sydney College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match on Wednesday. The WildCats came from behind to defeat the Tigers at 5-4 at the Boar's Head Sports Club.
The WildCats had to deal with tough circumstances on Wednesday. The match was originally scheduled to be played at Hampden-Sydney. Warm-ups happened and lineups were being called. However, it became too wet, and the match was moved 70 miles north to the Boar's Head Sports Club. There were only three courts available at the start of the match, but three more opened during singles play, allowing every match to play at its fullest.
All three doubles matches were tight. Doug Corbett and Bradley Strober went back and forth with their counterparts at number one. Despite playing well, H-SC was able to edge them out for an 8-6 win. JT von Seggern and Kyle Unruh had a tough battle at two and picked up four games. However, the Tigers were able to win that. Trevor Johnson and Tuan Tran teamed up at number three and made sure Randolph did not enter singles down 3-0. It took them everything they had, as more than eight games were needed for the victory. Tran and Johnson pulled it out 9-7.
Being down 2-1 meant the WildCats had to win four of the six singles matches to claim the victory. Corbett and Unruh played tough numbers four and six respectively. Corbett nearly won the first, and Unruh took four games alone in the second. However, both fell in two sets.
The top three 'Cats – Strober, von Seggern, and Johnson – faced intense back-and-forth matches in those spots. All three won close first sets. Strober advanced 7-5, von Seggern 6-4, and Johnson 6-3. All three fell in the second by the same 6-4 line, which set up full third sets. The WildCats showed their mettle and controlled the final set. The three clinched their matches, with the most games surrendered being three. Von Seggern clinched the win, as his was the fifth win of the day for the WildCats
Tran also had a great singles match at number five. Tran won the first after giving up three games. He then went out and dominated the second set. He gave up only a single game in the second, sealing the win.
Randolph (9-5 overall, 5-4 ODAC) will finish up its regular season on the road on Saturday. The WildCats will travel to Shenandoah University (1-11, 0-8) for 1 p.m. match.