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April 8, 2014

Virginia Wesleyan men continue to roll with win at Shenandoah

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.

MEN
Virginia Wesleyan 9, Shenandoah 0

Doubles
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
Singles
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)

WOMEN
Shenandoah 8, Virginia Wesleyan 1
 

Doubles
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
Singles
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

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