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March 18, 2013

Wilson, Tomajczyk improve to 10-1 during weekend on the road

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Graham Wilson and Drew Tomajczyk recovered quickly.

After dropping their first match of the season at No. 1 doubles  to perennial powerhouse Washington and Lee University, the Virginia Wesleyan College rookie duo bounced back to start another winning streak with decisions over Randolph-Macon College and Emory & Henry College.

It was all part of a three-match Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) weekend hosted by Washington and Lee University. The VWC men fell 5-0 to the No. 23 ranked Generals, came back for a 5-0 win over R-MC, before dropping a tough 5-3 decision to Emory & Henry.

Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) andTomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) improved their overall record to 10-1 after falling to Washington and Lee's Michael Holt (Henrico/Mills E. Godwin) and Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas/Austin Tennis Academy College Prep), who pulled out an 8-6 victory. Holt and Shamshiri are ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South region.

But, the loss only slowed the VWC duo temporarily as the Marlins produced a pair of 8-3 wins in their next two outings.  Wilson and Tomajczyk bounced R-MC's Connor Hoerr (Virginia Beach/Princess Anne) and Michael Baxter (Richmond/Mills E. Godwin) and topped E&H's Adam Henderson (Abingdon/Abingdon) and Matt Nelson (Galax/Galax).

Wilson also followed suit at No. 1 singles.  He fell 6-2, 6-3 to Washington and Lee's Hayden White (Baltimore/Towson), ranked No. 3 in the region, but picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win over R-MC's Hoerr and a 6-3, 6-0 win over E&H's James Keighley (Heswall, Mercyside, England/Neston). Wilson is now 9-2 overall.

Virginia Wesleyan (5-6) started strong against R-MC (3-5) by sweeping doubles.  Rookies Adam Owen (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) andSpencer Bullock (Lorton/South County) won a 9-7 thriller at No. 2 over the Yellow Jackets' John Adam (Vienna/James Madison) and Ira Usry (Columbia, S.C./Hammond), while rookiesLawrence Hunter (Fredericksburg/Chancellor) and Tyler Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) won at No. 3 by an 8-2 count over Tom Lewis (Charlottesville/Western Albemarle) and Jody Cox (Mechanicsville/Atlee).

Tomajczyk helped ice the win at No. 2 singles, rolling to 6-2, 6-0 win to improve his ODAC record to 3-2.

The Marlins also started well against Emory & Henry, taking two of the three doubles matches, helped by Chang and Hunter.  They posted an 8-5 win at the No.3 flight over Alex Minasyan (Moscow, Russia) and Zach Eccher (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones).

But, the Wasps dominated singles, taking the No. 2 flight through No. 5 to produce the match victory. Tomajczyk and Chang both dropped three-set thrillers.

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Monday, March 25, in a spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.  The Marlins will take on Ohio's Oberlin College (6-1) at 8 a.m. and face the University of Chicago (7-1) at 3 p.m.  On Tuesday, March 26, the competition begins at 8:30 a.m. against New York's Oneonta State University (1-7) and concludes on Wednesday, March 27.  The Marlins will face Maine's Colby College (1-0) at 8 a.m. and Minnesota's St. Thomas University (6-0) at 3 p.m.

--AMDG--

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