BY: CONNOR DOYLE (CPDOYLE@smcm.edu)
Buena Vista, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team took on the Knights of Southern Virginia University Saturday afternoon in Buena Vista. Coming off of a big Capital Athletic Conference win over Penn State Harrisburg, the Seahawks looked to push the streak to two against another CAC opponent.
The Seahawks jumped out to a 2-1 lead following the completion of doubles play. The key doubles win came from seniors Robert Bishop (Hollywood, Md./Great Mills) and Troy Spurrier (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg) against juniors Tyler Clark (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin) and Kjell Henness (Las Vegas, Nev./Coronado), winning No. 2 doubles by a 9-8 decision as 11 tiebreaker points were played.
Southern Virginia's sole doubles point came from seniors Brennan Alford (Dallas, Texas/Richardson) and Dallin Evans (Safford, Ariz./Eastern Arizona College) who defeated senior Nick Ersoy (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and sophomore Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) in a close 8-6 match at No. 3 doubles.
With the lead, the Seahawks moved into singles play. In the No. 1 singles match, senior captain Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) took the point handily, 6-1, 6-2, to push the Seahawks' lead to 3-1.
The No. 2 singles match ended shortly after with Clark coming out on top, winning 6-2, 6-3 and pulling the Knights within 3-2. This was the start of a three-point swing where Southern Virginia ended up taking a 5-3 advantage after claiming victories at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 6 singles. The next point for St. Mary's came from Van Winter against Alford in the final match of the day as Van Winter captured No. 6 singles, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-0 for the 5-4 final in the Knights' favor.
With the loss, the Seahawks move to 6-7 on the year and 2-3 in the conference. The Seahawks take the court next against CAC foe, York College of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, April 6, which was rescheduled from the original date of March 19. The match will begin at 3:30 p.m. at home at the Somerset Tennis Complex.
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