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March 13, 2013

Winning streaks extended as Marlins topple Shenandoah

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Winning streaks were extended for the Virginia Wesleyan College men's tennis team on Wednesday as the Marlins rolled to a 9-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Shenandoah University at the Everett Tennis Center.

Rookie Graham Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) won his fifth straight match and classmate Tyler Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) won his fourth in a row, helping the Marlins to win their fourth consecutive match. 

Wilson, now 7-1 at the No. 1 flight, won 6-1, 6-0 over Steven Baker (Monkton, Md./Loyola Blakefield), while Chang produced a 6-1, 6-1 win over Vladimir Daskalov (Winchester/Handley) at No. 3.  Chang improved to 4-0 overall.

Rookie Drew Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) dropped a 6-4 first set decision to the Hornets' Jeremy Parel (Olney, Md./Sherwood) at No. 2, but came back strong to take the match with 6-0, 6-0 decisions. 

Virginia Wesleyan (4-4) swept singles with the help of the first victories of the season by senior Donnie Greathouse (Yorktown/Grafton), sophomore Griffin Graves (Middleburg/Middleburg Academy), and rookie Juhan Washington (Fredericksburg/James Monroe).  Greathouse played at No. 4 and won 7-5, 6-0, Washington posted an 8-6 win at No. 5 and Graves took a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 6.

Two additional winning streaks continued in doubles, beginning with Wilson and Tomajczyk at No. 1.  They remained undefeated with their eighth straight win, an 8-1 decision over Baker and Parel.  Rookie Lawrence Hunter (Fredericksburg/Chancellor) teamed with Chang to win at No. 2 by an 8-1 count, as the Marlin duo improved to 4-0.

Rookies Holden Branham (Lexington/Rockbridge County) and Tyler Searcy (Virginia Beach/Frank W. Cox) teamed for the first time this season and won 8-4 at No. 3.

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16 in Lexington.  The Marlins face perennial power Washington and Lee University on Friday at 7 p.m. and take Randolph-Macon College and Emory & Henry College at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively, on the Generals courts.  All three are ODAC matches.

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