GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tyler Chang has recorded his share of memorable victories during his three seasons as a member of the Virginia Wesleyan College men's tennis team, but Sunday's win against Guilford College may be one he remembers a little bit longer this season.
Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School), a junior, stepped into singles play for just the second time this season and posted an impressive 6-0, 6-4 decision over Levi Bruff (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) at the No. 6 flight. That win lifted Virginia Wesleyan to a thrilling 5-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over the host Quakers on Guilford's McMichael Centennial Class Courts.
Not only was it a showdown between two of the top teams in the ODAC, but it was also a match-up of two team ranked in the latest Atlantic South Region poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. While VWC (7-3, 5-1) entered the match ranked No. 19, and won for the sixth straight match, Guilford (6-4, 6-2) was at No. 14 and had a five-match winning streak ended.
Chang's win was one of three by the Marlins in singles to help take the win, after establishing a 2-1 advantage in doubles. JuniorDrew Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) improved to 7-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Erik Meiler (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) at No. 3 and sophomore Brendan Kelleher (Baltimore, Md./Towson) remained undefeated (7-0) with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mason Church (Wilkesboro, N.C./Millers Creek Christian) at No. 5. The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for Church.
Chang, Tomajczyk, and Kelleher helped VWC to establish the lead in doubles, along with rookie Adam Rosemblaum (Herzalya, Israel). Chang and Rosemblaum improved to 4-2 at No. 2 with an 8-3 win over Trevor Cox (Chapel Hil, N.C./Northwood) and Aaron Smedley (West Chicago, Ill./Barlett) and Tomajczyk and Kelleher won 8-1 at No. 3 over Mesa Martorell (Wimberly, Texas/Wimberly) and Bruff. While Tomajczyk and Kelleher improved to 2-0 as a duo, Kelleher improved to 6-0 overall in doubles competition.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Thursday, April 2, facing ODAC foe Randolph-Macon College in matches beginning at 3 p.m. in Ashland, Va.