The Emory & Henry men’s tennis team was in action all throughout spring break, as they first ran up against number 38 ranked Washington and Lee. First-year Dalton Shipley and senior Luke Funkhouser both lost at one singles 8-1, while sophomores Andrew McClung and Liam Davidson were swept at two doubles. 8-0. It didn’t end there for the Wasps, as Jared Carter and James Watson-Dare were blanked also at three doubles, 8-0. The loss was E&H fifth consecutive lost on the season.
The next game for E&H was against LaGrange College, where the team fell 9-0 on the day. Shipley and Funkhouser again fell at one doubles, 8-2. Davidson and McClung paired together at two doubles but fell short. First-year Cooper Garret and Senior James Watson-Dare had dropped their match at three doubles, 8-6.
The Wasps were back in action the next day against Covenant, but again had the same fate as they fell 9-0 putting them at 1-7 overall. Seniors John Dalton Ferguson and Luke Funkhouser fell 8-1 at one doubles. Davidson and Watson-Dare teamed up for two doubles but would ultimately fall, 8-3. Garrett and Shipley had the same fate at three doubles, 8-3.
E&H was able to break through and end their seven match losing streak on Sunday against Greensboro. They had to fight for it though, as they were able to squeak by with the score of 5-4. Ferguson and Funkhouser were able to win at doubles, 8-6. Ferguson won in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). Davidson and McClung took an 8-4 stinger at two doubles.
McClung lost a heartbreaker at four singles 6-2. Garrett and Shipley were able to come away with an 8-2 victory at 8-2. Garrett won his sets 6-1 and 6-3. Other noticeable ones were Watson-Dare who won five singles. 6-0 and 6-3.
The Wasps will be back in action this Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. against Roanoke College. The match will be the second conference game in the ODAC for the Wasps.
– Will Seidel