April 17, 2013

Tennis Opens Final WVIAC Tournament on Friday

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. --  The WVWC men's tennis team heads to Charleston for the WVIAC Championships this weekend with a 5-match winning streak. The 'Cats face 6th seeded Davis and Elkins College in Friday's quarterfinal round--a team that Wesleyan has defeated twice earlier this season.

 "We have had a nice run the past three weeks and are playing our best tennis of the year," said head coach Marc Walters. "We have gotten good doubles results all year, but, until recently, we struggled in the singles with our health and consistency. We are now playing at the top of our ability and we seem to be peaking, so it should be an interesting tournament for us with a challenging opener."

The Bobcats are led by seniors Javier Yim Kim and Eduards Gusevs, who are playing doubles together and also hold top singles positions. The team has 6 lettermen with WVIAC experience, a factor Walters hopes will help when his team hits the courts against the Senators.

D&E played Wesleyan tough in each or their two duels this year, splitting sets in the majority of of matches before the Bobcats pulled away for 6-3 and 6-1 wins, respectively.

Walters knows it won't be an easy first round match for his charges.
"We can't take them lightly, despite the history, or we will be hurting fast; they match up very well with us. We have to play well at every spot to be successful. It will be a good test."  

Bluefield State, the top ranked team in the Atlantic region, comes in as the first seed, while the University of Charleston holds the second seed and sits across from the Bobcats in their bracket. UC is currently the number 2 team in the region as well. 

Play begins Friday morning at 9am at Watt Powell Park in Charleston, with Wesleyan and the Senators facing off at 3pm.