Fifth-seeded Marlins hand fourth-seeded Guilford a 5-2 loss

Fifth-seeded Marlins hand fourth-seeded Guilford a 5-2 loss

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 5-4 loss to Guilford College early in February has been a sore spot in the season for the Virginia Wesleyan College men's tennis team.

The Marlins played that match with a revamped line-up due to disciplinary reasons and just fell short to the host Quakers.

On Saturday, the No. 5 seeded Marlins returned to the same site, the Dorothy Ragsdale McMichael Centennial Class Courts, and avenged the loss in the quarterfinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament.  The Marlins won 5-2 to improve to 11-11 overall.  Guilford, which entered the competition as the No. 4 seeded team, closed its season at 8-8.

Virginia Wesleyan jumped out to the early lead by winning two of the three singles matches, including a thrilling 8-6 decision at the No. 1 spot by Graham Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) and Drew Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) over Trevor Cox (Chapel Hill, N.C./Northwood) and Erik Meiler (Winchester, Mass./Winchester). 

The Quakers took the No. 2 spot, but Virginia Wesleyan emerged impressively at No. 3 where Tyler Chang (Hvre deGrace, Md./Tome School) and Lawrence Hunter (Fredericksburg/Chancellor) won 8-0.

Virginia Wesleyan extended its lead in singles where Tomajczyk won at the No. 2 spot 6-4, 6-4 over Cox, while Spencer Bullock (Lorton/South County) won 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-4 over Meiler at No. 3.  Chang added a victory for VWC at No. 4, 6-2, 6-3 over Mark Cheong (Brooklyn, N.Y./Kent School (Conn.).

Virginia Wesleyan will continue play in the tournament on Saturday, April 27, taking on No. 1 seed Washington and Lee University in the ODAC semifinals at VWC's Everett Tennis Center at 9 a.m.