Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry College Men’s Tennis Team started their 2017-18 season this past Saturday in a non-conference matchup at Southern Virginia University. The tennis team begins its first campaign under new first-year coach Christine Johnston. After losing five seniors from the men’s team, the Wasps will have a new lineup in Johnston’s first sea- son. The men struggled all day, falling 9-0 to the Knights of Southern Virginia.
In doubles competition, Matt Kennedy and Grayson McCarty took an 8-1 loss at one doubles. Dalton Shipley and Cooper Garrett also lost by a score of 8-1. Following in the same path, Liam Davidson and Taylor Hines also lost 8-1.
In singles competition, freshman Matt Kennedy was shutout 6-0, 6-0. Kennedy will play a pivotal role in the Wasps’ season as he will be playing the one seed as a freshman. Grayson McCarty was also defeated, as he suffered a 6-0, 6-0, shutout at two singles. At three singles, Dalton Shipley won a game in each set but eventually lost 6-1, 6-1. Liam Davidson was also defeated in a shut- out, losing 6-0, 6-0. Cooper Garrett kept the first set respectable, eventually falling 6-2, 6-0.
In the last match of the day, Andrew McClung was defeated 6-0, 6-0. When asked about the day overall, McClung stated he “simply just didn’t play well.” McClung went on to state that SVU was a lot better than they were the last time the two teams played. He also pointed out that “their 2 seed from last year is now their 7 seed” so the quality of tennis and level of competition has drastically improved.
The Wasps have one more match remaining in the Fall portion of their season. E&H will host Averett University on Saturday, October 14th at 1 P.M.