VIRGINIA BEACH --- A highly competitive season for Virginia Wesleyan College's rookie dominated men's tennis team came to a close Saturday with a 5-0 loss to national power Washington and Lee University in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament.
With the tournament held in Virginia Beach for the first time, the Marlins had the home court advantage, but the visiting Generals (16-5), ranked No. 23 nationally, compensated with an experienced line-up to take the win.
The Generals moved toward the match victory by sweeping doubles, taking the No. 1 flight 8-1 and No. 2 and No. 3 both by 8-3 scores. WLU wrapped up the win with straight set singles victories at No. 4 and No. 5.
Rookies Graham Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) and Drew Tomjaczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) had a seven-match winning streak snapped at No. 1 doubles. The talented duo finished the season with a 17-5 record. Rookies Tyler Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) and Lawrence Hunter (Fredericksburg/Chancellor) ended with a 12-3 record at the No. 3 flight.
Wilson also enjoyed a standout singles season at No. 1. He closed the year with a 23-6 overall record, tying the third highest single-season victory total in VWC program history.
Virginia Wesleyan ended the season with an 11-12 record against what is considered to be the strongest schedule in program history. The Marlins faced teams like the University of Chicago, St. Thomas University, the College of New Jersey and Colby College during the regular season.
Virginia Wesleyan vs Washington and Lee (Apr 27, 2013)
#23 Washington and Lee 5, Virginia Wesleyan 0
Apr 27, 2013 at Virginia Beach (The Everett Tennis Center)
|1. Hayden White (W&L) vs. Graham Wilson (VWCM) 6-1, unfinished|
|2. Taylor Shamshiri (W&L) vs. Drew Tomajczyk (VWCM) 6-2, 4-0, unfinished|
|3. Michael Holt (W&L) vs. Spenser Bullock (VWCM) 6-1, 2-2, unfinished|
|4. Christopher Hu (W&L) def. Tyler Chang (VWCM) 6-2, 6-0|
|5. Brian Krouskos (W&L) def. Lawrence Hunter (VWCM) 6-0, 6-1|
|6. Vincent Kim (W&L) vs. Tyler Searcy (VWCM) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished|
|1. Taylor Shamshiri/Michael Holt (W&L) def. Graham Wilson/Drew Tomajczyk (VWCM) 8-1|
|2. Hayden White/Christopher Hu (W&L) def. Spenser Bullock/Adam Owen (VWCM) 8-3|
|3. Brian Krouskos/John Kirby (W&L) def. Tyler Chang/Lawrence Hunter (VWCM) 8-3|
|Virginia Wesleyan 11-12|
|Washington and Lee 16-5; National ranking #23; Regional ranking #4|
|Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Semifinals 1|