On March 25, the Emory & Henry mens tennis team started the weekend of back-to-back against Roanoke College. After being ranked last in the preseason coaches’ poll of the conference, the Wasps are looking to pull off major upsets throughout the ODAC matches. Already starting off with a record of (2-7) and losing one conference match this season so far to the league leading Washington & Lee Generals.
This past Saturday, the Wasps fell 2-7 to the Maroons of Roanoke College. Senior John Dalton Ferguson, continues as the leader of the team and picked up one of the two wins for E&H.
Ferguson defeated the number one from Roanoke in a battle of 6-4, 6-4. Following up, first-year Luke Funkhouser swung hard but ultimately fell 7-5, 6-1. Dalton Shipley, another first-year, was defeated 6-1, 6-1 in another tough match for the Wasps. In doubles, Ferguson and first-year Grayson McCarty picked up the only other win for E&H with a win of 8-3.
Senior James Watson-Dare and first-year Cooper Garrett fought hard in the last doubles match but ended up suffering a heartbreaking loss 9-8.
Looking to bounce back from a tough loss, E&H was back on the court March 26, the following day to face Randolph College. Randolph came into Sunday with a record of (7-2) and (4-1) in the conference, while the Wasps were (2-8) and (0-2) in the ODAC. Senior Kamil Aliev and Funkhouser started off the day with a doubles loss 8-3. Ferguson and McCarty took another tough loss 8-6. Garrett and Watson-Dare suffered the loss, and finished the game 3-8.
After the tough weekend for Emory & Henry, the Wasps now look to April 1, when they will be taking on Guilford College at home.
– Mossi Tager