Men’s Tennis Team Struggles Continue

James Bruce, Sports Writer •

The Emory & Henry men’s tennis team had a rough outing this past weekend.The Emory & Henry men’s tennis team had a rough outing this past weekend.Firstly, the Wasps faced off against UVA-Wise where Dalton Shipley and Grayson McCarty lost 8-3; Liam Davidson and Cooper Garrett lost 8-1; and the combination of Andrew McClung and Taylor Hines lost 8-2. Next came the singles, where Davidson fell in straight sets 6-0, 6-0; McCarty lost 6-2, 6-1; and Garrett lost his match 6-0, 6-1. However, McClung put in a huge shift to win the first set 1-6, although after losing the second set 6-3 it went to a nail-biter of a third set which he was ultimately pipped 10-8. Also, Staymon Johnson played in his first ever match for E & H tennis where he lost 7-5, 6-0. On the following day, the Wasps faced #31 Washington and Lee who have won all three of their openers and were raring to add another win to their tally. The doubles match opened up proceedings when Cooper Garrett and Liam Davidson faced off against the W & L Generals. They managed to win one game but lost the other eight to the powerful and skilful Washington and Lee pair.

In the singles, sophomore Grayson McCarty was able to force a game at the end of the match against W & L’s dominant number one. However, the previous constant onslaught had caused McCarty to capitulate and so he lost all the other games for a final score of 6-0, 6-1. All other two to four seeds were all beaten 6-0, 6-0 and so Garrett was the only other who was able to steal another game 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth seed battle. Sixth singles was also lost 6-0, 6-0.  UVA-Wise and Washington & Lee proved to be too great a challenge for the Wasps, but next they will host William Peace at home on Friday, March 9, on the Richardson Tennis Courts.

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