Virginia Wesleyan holds off Washington College for 5-4 win

Graham Wilson
Graham Wilson

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Graham Wilson continued to win impressively and Drew Tomajczyk and Tyler Chang posted significant victories for Virginia Wesleyan College's men's tennis team on Monday at the Marlins won a thrilling 5-4 non-conference match against Maryland's Washington College at the Everett Tennis Center.

Virginia Wesleyan improved to 4-1 overall, while Washington, which entered the match off a 7-2 win over Maryland's St. Mary's College, fell to 2-2.

Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) won his fourth consecutive match in straight sets at the No. 1 flight, defeating Shoreman junior Vishnu Rajes (Yercaud, India/St. John's), 6-0, 6-1. Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) emerged in a tight match with Ryan Holtschneider (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hall) at the No. 3 spot, but won 6-4, 7-5. 

Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) posted the match-winning decision however, at No. 5 singles. Washington's Jeremy Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township), a 2013 first-team All-South Jersey honoree and the Atlantic City Press Player of the Year, won the first set 6-4, but Chang came back aggressively and won a thriller, 6-4, 7-6.

"It was another dog fight kind of match," said Darryl Cummings, VWC's Tennis Director.  "Washington College played with significant energy, along with being a very scrappy team.  But, Graham had another dominating performance to help us.  Drew fought back from a 5-1 second set deficit to give us our fourth point, and Tyler clinched the match playing a solid tiebreaker with Coach Yost (Chris) on his court.  Competitive matches like this play a significant role in our player development."

It was VWC's second 5-4 decision in the last three matchs, helped by wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.  Rookie Kenny Downing (Washington, D.C.) and Wilson took the win at the first flight, defeating Marc Cywinski (Brisbane, Australia/Pendelton, Fla.) and Rajes, 8-4.  Chang teamed with Spenser Bullock (Lorton/South County) at No. 2, where the duo outlasted Holtschneider and Novick, 9-7

The Marlins will compete againon Friday, March 14, at 4 p.m. against another perennial tennis power, the University of Mary Washington.  The match against the No. 17-ranked Eagles, who recently lost their first two matches after seven straight victories, will take place in Fredericksburg.



1.Wilson/Downing (VWC) d. Cywinski/Rajes (WC) 8-4

2.Bullock/Chang (VWC) d. Holschneider/Jeremy Novick (WC) 9-7

3.Zachary Novick/Joel Novick (WC) d. Tomajczyk/Graves (VWC) 8-5

 VIRGINIA BEACH -- Graham Wilson continued


1.Graham Wilson (VWC) d. Vishnu Rajes (WC) 6-0,6-1

2.Marc Cywinski (WC) d. Kenneth Downing (VWC) 3-6,6-4,7-6

3.Drew Tomajczyk (VWC) d. Ryan Holtschneider (WC) 6-4,7-5

4.Joel Novick (WC) d. Spencer Bullock (VWC) 6-4,7-6

5.Tyler Chang (VWC) d. Jeremy Novick (WC) 4-6,7-5,7-6

6.Zachary Novick (WC) d. Tyler Searcy (VWC) 6-1,6-0