WINCHESTER, Va. -- Rookie Kyler Racey's first intercollegiate victory helped Virgnia Wesleyan College's regionally-ranked Marlins to their 12th win of the season on Tuesday.
Racey (Front Royal/Skyline) played at No. 6 singles and pulled out a thrilling win that helped the Marlins to a 9-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the host Hornets of Shenandoah University. While Racey won a three-set tie-breaker with a 13-11 decision for his first win of the season, the Marlins, ranked No. 19 in the Atlantic South region, won their sixth straight match to improve to 12-3 overall and to 8-1 in the conference.
VWC's women weren't as fortunate though. The Marlins had a two-match winning streak snapped in an 8-1 loss to the Hornets. SophomoreMia Proctor (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) and rookie Marissa Cifuentes (Virginia Beach/Bayside) provided the only win for the women, taking No. 1 doubles, 8-4.
Doubles play in the men's competition all went to Virginia Wesleyan, including an 8-4 win by sophomore Graham Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) and rookie Kenny Downing (Washington, D.C./Homeschooled). The duo improved to 11-3, all at the No. 1 flight.
The Marlins took singles, all in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 win by rookie Brendan Kelleher (Baltimore, Md./Towson) at the No. 5 flight. He improved to 10-2, winning his eighth straight match. Downing won at the No. 2 flight for his 12th win of the season and ninth in a row. Wilson won at No. 1 for his 11th win overall.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Friday, April 11, in ODAC play at Lynchburg College at 3 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan 9, Shenandoah 0
|1||Graham Wilson / Kenny Downing (VWCM) def. Steven Baker / Kelly Sykes (SUM)||8-4|
|2||Spencer Bullock / Tyler Chang (VWCM) def. Will Leach / Zach O'Neal (SUM)||8-4|
|3||Griffin Graves / Tyler Searcy (VWCM) def. Brett Holmes / Wes Licklider (SUM)||8-6|
|1||Graham Wilson (VWCM) def. Steven Baker (SUM)||6-0 , 6-2|
|2||Kenny Downing (VWCM) def. Will Leach (SUM)||6-2 , 6-1|
|3||Spencer Bullock (VWCM) def. Zach O'Neal (SUM)||7-5 , 6-2|
|4||Drew Tomajczyk (VWCM) def. Kelly Sykes (SUM)||6-0 , 6-1|
|5||Brendan Kelleher (VWCM) def. Dustan DeMello (SUM)||6-0 , 6-0|
|6||Kyler Racey (VWCM) def. Wes Licklider (SUM)||6-4 , 6-3 , 1-0 (13-11)|
Shenandoah 8, Virginia Wesleyan 1
|1||Mia Proctor / Marissa Cifuentes (VWCW) def. Molly Barb / Shannon Allin (SUW)||8-4|
|2||Amber Lake/Rachel Gross (SUW) def. Hannah Parent/Sydney Charity (VWCW)||8-3|
|3||Amy Rapp / Caitlin Tilton (SUW) def. No player / No player (VWCW)||FINAL - FORFEIT|
|1||Molly Barb (SUW) def. Mia Proctor (VWCW)||6-4 , 6-2 , 1-0 (10-2)|
|2||Shannon Allin (SUW) def. Marissa Cifuentes (VWCW)||6-4 , 6-3 , 1-0 (10-7)|
|3||Amy Rapp (SUW) def. Hannah Parent (VWCW)||7-5 , 6-3|
|4||Rachel Gross (SUW) def. Sydney Charity (VWCW)||6-0 , 6-0|
|5||Amber Lake (SUW) def. Kaitlyn Rapozza (VWCW)||6-0 , 6-1|
|6||Caitlin Tilton (SUW) def. No player (VWCW)||FINAL - FORFEIT|