Marlins Gain Valuable Experience against DI Power UVA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team traveled to Charlottesville on Tuesday to face off against the University of Virginia in a doubleheader. While the Marlins fell in both matches, 0-4 and 0-7, respectively, the trip provided the team with unparalleled access and perspective into one of the nation's most prestigious and successful collegiate tennis programs.
"We had a lot of fun today and learned a great deal," said head coach Marty Perry. "The experience gained today will help us so much as we turn towards the brunt of our spring schedule." Perry also noted his happiness with his roster in their commitment to competing throughout the afternoon.
The unique matchup provided the Marlins with the opportunity to compete against arguably the top college tennis team in the country. The Cavaliers boast a roster with six players ranked inside the top 800 in the world, with a plethora of existing professional experience. The University of Virginia has also claimed three of the last four national championships at the Division I level, effectively cementing themselves as one of the nation's top powers in the sport.
"We're incredibly grateful for the opportunity with which Virginia presented us today," said assistant coach Christian Nagy. "Our guys really enjoyed the chance to test themselves against the best today."
The Marlins will take to the road this weekend in what kicks off a week long trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. They will play six matches over the course of the next week.