W&L Men's Tennis Claims ODAC Title
Generals Take Five Singles Matches in Victory
LEXINGTON, Va. --- The 25th-ranked and
second-seeded Washington and Lee men's tennis team claimed a 5-3
victory over 27th-ranked and top-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the
championship match of the ODAC Tournament on Sunday afternoon at
the Duchossois Tennis Center.
The Generals trailed 2-1 following doubles, but took four of the first five singles matches that finished for the final result.
First-year Hayden White knocked off ODAC Player of the Year William Moss at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 7-5, to give W&L a 4-3 lead and junior Will Hall closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tal Covington and No. 5 singles. White was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
The win avenged the Generals' earlier loss to the Tigers this season, as well as a loss to H-SC in last season's ODAC title match.
W&L is now 15-7 following the win, while Hampden-Sydney dropped to 15-4 overall.
Washington and Lee will receive the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on May 14.
Washington and Lee Tennis
Hampden-Sydney vs Washington and Lee (Apr 25, 2010)
#25 Washington and Lee 5, #27 Hampden-Sydney 3
Apr 25, 2010 at Lexington, Va. (Duchossois Tennis Center)
1. Hayden White (W&L) def. William Moss (HSC) 6-4, 7-5
2. Rich Pugh (HSC) def. Mac Davis (W&L) 6-3, 6-2
3. Jeremy Becht (W&L) def. Shad Harrell (HSC) 6-0, 6-3
4. Michael Freeman (W&L) def. Kevin Calhoun (HSC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Will Hall (W&L) def. Tal Covington (HSC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Cliff Gaddy (W&L) vs. Zack Pack (HSC) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
1. William Moss/Rich Pugh (HSC) def. Alex Brooke/Jonathan Gaffney (W&L) 8-5
2. Kevin Calhoun/Shad Harrell (HSC) def. Hayden White/Jeremy Becht (W&L) 8-5
3. Will Hall/Mac Davis (W&L) def. Zack Pack/Tal Covington (HSC)
Hampden-Sydney 15-4; National ranking #27
Washington and Lee 15-7; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (,3,2,4,1,5)
ODAC Championship Match