Virginia Beach, VA -The Virginia Wesleyan University men's tennis team kicked off their 2019 fall season today at the Everett Tennis Center in the inaugural Marlin Invite. Teams taking part in the ITA sanctioned flighted event include: Marymount University; Hampden-Sydney College; Southern Virginia University; Washington College and Virginia Wesleyan University.
The Marlins opened up the event on Friday afternoon by taking on Southern Virginia University in flighted singles play. Freshman Henry West (Cheltenham Gloucestershir, UK) earned two match points before dropping a dramatic 8-7 (7) proset to SVU's Ethan Sherwood in the E draw. Junior Anthony Wilson (Lynchburg, VA) also dropped a close contest to SVU's Ben Spence, 9-7. Southern Virginia was able capture all 7 prosets against the Marlins in the opening round.
VWU bounced back in their 2nd round of the day by sweeping Washington College in doubles. First off the court for the Marlins were junior Mitchell Perry (Johns Creek, GA) and freshman Henry West when they defeated Kyle Hickey and Landon Strober in the B draw, 8-3. Next off for the Marlins was the senior duo of Andreas Combos (Raleigh, NC) and Nick Gunther (Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia) with a 8-4 win in the C flight. The 3rd victory for the Marlins came in the A flight when sophomore Timothy Tep (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and junior Anthony Wilson outlasted Washington College's August Meriot and Mitchell Evans, 8-5
Marlin Invite action continues Saturday morning when the Marlins take on Marymount University in doubles at the Everett Tennis Center. VWU is scheduled to play at 9 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. The three day event will conclude on Sunday.
A- Marcos Dias (SVU) def Timothy Tep (VWU) 8-0
B- Kukutla Motloja (SVU) def Mitchell Perry (VWU) 8-1
C- Daniel Blonquist (SVU) def Andreas Combos (VWU) 8-4
D- Ben Spencer (SVU) def Anthony Wilson (VWU) 9-7
E- Ethan Sherwood (SVU) def Henry West (VWU) 8-7 (7)
F- Andrew Blonquist (SVU) def Nick Gunther (VWU) 8-0
G- Tanner Bassett (SVU) def Noah Hughes (VWU) 8-0
H- Christian Gruyon (WC) def Noah Hughes (VWU) 8-4
A- Marcos Dias (SVU) def Landon Strober (WC) 8-0
B- Kukutla Motloja (SVU) def Paul Eisenmagen (WC) 8-4
C- Daniel Blonquist (SVU) def August Meriot (WC) 8-6
D- Ben Spencer (SVU) def Kyle Hickey (WC) 8-3
E- Andrew Province (WC) def Ethan Sherwood (SVU) 8-6
F- Tanner Bassett (SVU) def Andrew Smith (WC) 1-2, ret.
G- Christian Gruyon (WC) def William Stoddard 8-0
H- Mitchell Evans (WC) def Ezra Blasi 8-3
A- Motloja/D. Blonquist (SVU) def Eisenmagen/Meriot (WC) 8-1
B- Dias/A. Blonquist (SVU) def Hickey/Smith (WC) 8-5
C- Sherwood/Spencer (SVU) def Gruyon/Strober (WC) 8-0
D- Evans/Province (WC) def Bassett/Stoddard (SVU) 8-5
A- Tep/Wilson (VWU) def Eisenmagen/Smith (WC) 8-5
B- Perry/West (VWU) def Hickey/Strober (WC) 8-3
C- Combos/Gunther (VWU) def Meriot/Evans (WC) 8-4