Weekend sweep increases VWC victory total to 11

Kenny Downing
Kenny Downing

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A 6-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over Bridgewater College on Sunday has matched the highest victory total posted by the Virginia Wesleyan College men's tennis team since 2007.

With five regular-season matches remaining on the 2014 schedule, the Marlins posted their 11th victory in 14 matches and improved to 7-1 in conference play.  The 11 wins match the final win total of the 2013 season, which was the highest total since 13 wins in 2007.

Sunday's victory was the second in two days at the Everett Tennis Center for the Marlins, who posted a 9-0 ODAC win over Emory & Henry College's Wasps on Saturday.  The wins extended a current winning streak to five in a row for Virginia Wesleyan, ranked No. 19 in the Atlantic South region. 

Rookie Kenny Downing (Washington, D.C./Homeschooled) continues to loom as one of the leaders in the current streak as he defeated Bridgewater's Kyle Hartfield (Marietta, Ga./Pope) 6-4, 6-3 and E&H's John Ferguson (Gate City, Va./Gate City) 6-4, 6-1.  Downing has won eight straight matches to improve his singles record to 11-2 at the No. 2 flight.

Those winning ways for Downing extend to doubles as well as he has teamed with sophomore Graham Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) to produce a team-leading 10-3 record at the No. 1 slot.  The duo has won five straight matches, including back-to-back 8-3 wins over E&H and Bridgewater.  Wilson is 10-4 at No. 1 singles.

Sophomore Tyler Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) shares the Marlins' lead for most singles victories with Downing at 11 after sweeping his weekend opponents, both at the No. 5 flight and both in straight sets.  Chang is 11-2 overall and owns a seven-match winning streak.

Rookie Brendan Kelleher (Baltimore, Md./Towson) also owns a seven-match winning streak after straight-set wins in the recent two matches. He is 9-2 overall, including 8-2 at the No. 6 flight. Sophomore Drew Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Homeschooled), who teamed with Kelleher for a pair of doubles wins over the weekend to improve to 3-1, improved his singles mark to 9-5, extending a winning streak to five matches in a row.

Virginia Wesleyan will attempt to keep the winning ways rolling on Tuesday, April 8, when the Marlins travel to Winchester to take on the Hornets of Shenandoah University in ODAC play beginning at 3:30 p.m.