HILTON HEAD, SC - The Montreat College men's tennis team traveled to Hilton Head Island, SC to participate in the PTR Spring Tennis Fest. During the week of March 12th-18th, they were able to compete in four dual matches against Indiana University East, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Asbury University, and Shepherd University.
On Sunday, March 12th, they dropped their first match against IU East, 6-3. The Cavaliers only competed with four players, forfeiting line 3 doubles and lines 5 and 6 singles, starting out 3-0 down to the Wolves. At No.1 doubles, Jackson Plyler and Leopoldo Lucero won 8-2, while No.2 freshmen duo of Eric Dunlap and Jacob Summerville fought hard but ultimately fell 8-6.
In singles play, Plyler and Lucero would be the only players to walk away with wins at No.1 and No.2 singles lines.
On Tuesday the Cavaliers took on Lenoir-Rhyne College. The Cavaliers were able to put five players in the line-up, still forfeiting the following lines: No.3 doubles and No.6 singles. In doubles play, Plyler and Lucero lost at No.1 doubles, 8-2. The pair of Lorward Choi and Dunlap dropped their match at No.2 doubles, 8-4.
In singles play, the Cavaliers would fight hard but would end up walking away dropping all singles lines to the NCAA Division II member. At No.1 singles, Lucero came close but fell short, losing 6-3, 6-3.
In the first match on Friday, the Cavaliers competed against the Asbury Eagles, a team who is receiving votes to be nationally ranked in the NAIA. The Cavaliers would fall short in all doubles, only walking away with five games throughout the three lines.
In singles play, the Cav's would press Asbury more but ultimately would fall short. At No.2 singles, David Garcia lost 6-4, 6-0, while Lorward Choi lost 7-5, 6-3 at No.3 singles. Ben Cree would walk away with the only win for the Cavaliers at No.6 singles: 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.
In the final match of the week, the men's tennis team took on Shepherd University of West Virginia. The men's tennis team would end the week on a high note, winning the match against an NCAA Division II member 5-4.
In doubles play, the duo of Cree and Chumley at No.2 doubles would be the only win for the Cavaliers, 8-6.
Going into singles play 2-1 down, the Cavs would drop No.1 and No.2 singles to Shepherd but ended up winning lines 3-6. At No.3 singles, Choi won 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, while Cree won handily at No.4 singles, 6-1, 6-1. At no.5 singles, Chumley would win 6-4, 6-3. Coming down to no.6 singles match with it tied 4-4, Summerville would clinch the match for the Cavaliers, 6-4, 2-6, 10-7.
"This week the guys faced some great competition," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "There were definitely some ups and downs but the guys improved and that's the important part. We knew coming into the week that we were going to fighting an uphill battle the first two matches with forfeiting lines in the lower part of the line-up but the guys still went out focused and ready to give it their all. The win against Shepherd was a great way to end the week, especially watching Jacob clinch it for the team."
BARBOURVILLE, KY - The Montreat College tennis teams traveled to Union College for their first AAC match of the season. The Cavaliers dropped both matches 9-0.
On the women's side, the Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 lead by picking up wins by forfeit at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. In doubles play, the duo of Elizabeth Beary and Skyler Brody would fall 8-1 to the Bulldogs, while No.2 doubles would follow a similar suit, losing 8-1 as well.
Going into singles play, the Bulldogs would prove too much for the Cavaliers as they swept all 5 singles. At the top two lines, Beary would push her opponent but ultimately fell 6-0, 6-4. Senior Brody would also compete well but came up short, losing 7-5, 6-4.
On the men's side, the Cavaliers would fall 9-0 as well. Starting down 2-0 by forfeits, the Cavaliers would compete well but fall at the top two doubles spots, 8-1 and 8-3. In singles play, Senior Tanner Wilhoit would walk away with the most games won, losing 6-1, 6-2.
"With any conference match, energy is so important, as well as doubles," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "This was a rough day, not because Union was a tough team, but because there was no energy from the players. Win or lose, energy is one of the only things the players can control. Majority of the players are young and still finding their feet, so we know what we need to improve on moving forward."
On Monday, the Cavaliers opened their spring play with a 9-0 loss to Mars Hill University.
Going into singles play 3-0 down, the Cavaliers fought hard but ultimately dropped #1-4 singles to Mars Hill. Dunlap and Wilhoit would be the winningest players capitalizing on three games each match: Dunlap losing 6-0, 6-3 and Wilhoit losing 6-1, 6-2.
"The guys played hard today. Ultimately, it just a tough hill to climb going into a match 3-0 down," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "On a positive note, it was great to see the freshman players step up and play as hard as they did. Mars Hill has a good squad so it was a great match to see what we need to improve on moving forward."