The Emory & Henry men’s tennis team traveled to Milligan on Sunday, Feb. 26 to face off against the Buffaloes. Unfortunately for the Wasps, Milligan had a good day, defeating the Wasps 7-2. For the Wasps, this loss drops them to 1-3 on the season. For Milligan, they improved to 2-4 on the season.
In singles matches for the Wasps, senior John Dalton Ferguson won his match at the one spot, defeating Joshua Crain of Milligan 7-5, 6-3. However, that was the only singles match Emory & Henry won that day. In the number two match, Joseph Lyttle for Milligan defeated senior Kamil Aliev 6-1, 6-2. Milligan’s Griffin Leonard defeated senior Luke Funkhouser 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (18-16). The fourth match was won by Daniel Peacock of Milligan, he defeated first-year Grayson McCarthy 6-0, 6-1. Milligan’s Conley Shults defeated senior James Watson-Dare 6-1, 6-0. In the sixth and final singles match, Milligan’s Will Blackmarr defeated sophomore Liam Davidson 6-1, 6-1.
Milligan also ended up winning two of the three doubles matches. In the first doubles match, the Milligan team of Joshua Crain/Joseph Lyttle defeated Kamil Aliev/Luke Funkhouser 9-8 (7-4). The only doubles match won by E&H was in the second match. The team of John Dalton Ferguson/Grayson McCarthy defeated Griffin Leonard/Daniel Peacock 8-4. In the third doubles match, Conly Shults/Will Blackmarr of Milligan beat James Watson-Dare/Jared Carter of E&H 8-0.
Milligan, an NAIA school and a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, has their next match on March 4 as they take on Georgetown College (KY).
Even though the Wasps are off to a slow start, they still have a long season ahead of them. They will have their next match on March 5 as they will face Ohio Northern at the Bristol Racket &
Fitness Club. The Polar Bears of Ohio Northern are currently 3-1, and will be coming of a match against West Virginia State the day before they play E&H.
In this year’s ODAC men’s tennis preseason poll, the Wasps are picked to finish in 11th place in the conference. In their first ODAC matchup, they will face ODAC favorites Washington and Lee on March 10. Washington & Lee has won 35 ODAC championships in men’s tennis, and are tabbed to win another one this year. However, with ODAC season ahead, the Wasps are looking to make some noise and win their first ODAC title in program history.
– Luke Montalbano