Newport News, VA- The Virginia Wesleyan Men's Tennis Team fell 9-0 to nationally ranked #33 Christopher Newport University on Saturday night indoors at the James River Country Club.
The Marlins came out tight and dropped all three doubles prosets 8-1, 8-2 and 8-1 respectively. Making his Virginia Wesleyan debut at #2 doubles was freshman Timothy Tep (Phnom Penh, Cambodia). Tep and sophomore Anthony Wilson (Lynchburg, VA) fell to CNU's Bryce Coleman and Dominic Lacombe.
In singles, senior Paul Gladstone (Port Orange, FL) dropped the first set 6-0 at #1 before gaining traction in the 2nd but fell short to CNU's Andy Mason, 6-0, 6-4. At #2 singles, VWU's #2 Nick Gunther (Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia) dropped a hard fought 6-1, 6-2 decision to Dominic Lacombe. Freshman Timothy Tep fell at #3 singles 6-1, 6-3. The Marlins came close to capturing a point when Junior Andreas Combos (Raleigh, NC) took the first set against CNU's William Trang before falling in a match deciding tiebreaker 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.
"We learned a lot about where we are at as a team right now. Even though I felt we had an above average first two weeks of practice, we can't really improve and move forward without going against quality teams such as CNU. We'll do our best to have another good week of practice and take what we learned from tonight to get ready for Methodist, another talented and deep team." said head coach Marty Perry regarding the Marlin's opener.
The Marlins will next travel to Fayetteville, NC on Friday to take on Methodist University. Match time is set for 3 pm.