Men’s tennis locks in another title

Alex Niemann

Dominating the ODAC has become something of a habit for the W&L men’s tennis team. The Generals handled Virginia Wesleyan to win the conference title for the sixth consecutive year last Sunday.

The team entered conference tournament play on the tail end of a three-game losing streak but quickly turned things around. Two 5-0 victories against both Shenandoah and Bridgewater, were followed by a 5-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan for the conference championship title.

“We were 0-3 coming in, but those three teams were all in the [New England Small College Athletic Conference], which is one of the toughest conferences in the nation,” Captain Michael Holt, ‘16, said. “We used those matches to help us in these ODAC matches. They had us in shape and ready to go.”

This win marks the 34th all-time ODAC title for the team. With the conference only having hosted a total of 39 men’s tennis championships, this streak of dominance is truly an impressive feat.

Jordan Krasner, ‘17, was also named the ODAC player of the year. His selection came after a season of consistency, followed by a strong performance in the conference tournament.

“Throughout the season, we’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries and Krasner’s been that one rock for us,” Holt said. “He played every ODAC match and won every match.”

His dependability has placed him in a position of great value to the team. Krasner, however, said he feels he has just been fortunate.

“I’ve just been the healthiest all year,” Krasner said. “Whereas our other top players have been injured, Michael having double knee surgery and [senior Chris Hu] having an ankle sprain, I’ve just been lucky, I’ve never really had any injuries ever.”

With conference play complete, the team said it looked forward to hosting regional matches this weekend.

The team lost to North Carolina Wesleyan College on Saturday, 3-5, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Generals won the No. 2 doubles match and the Nos. 1-2 singles matches. But NC Wesleyan finished on top at No. 1 doubles, No. 3 doubles, and Nos. 2-4 singles.

The Generals finished with a 15-9 record for the season.