Tennis 'Cats Blast Davis & Elkins, 8-1

Tennis 'Cats Blast Davis & Elkins, 8-1

ELKINS -- Nathan Sabate (pictured) led a near perfect Bobcat attack here Thursday as the West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team defeated host Davis and Elkins College by the score of 8-1.

Sabate, playing in the number No. 1 singles spot, claimed a win over D&E's Vincent Hamon by winning a super tiebreaker 10-6. The junior from Barcelona, Spain confidently pulled off a serve and volley winner to finish the match, which also saw the 'Cats take five of the six singles positions on the day.

Wesleyan got off to a commanding start by sweeping the doubles, only the third time this year the Bobcats have pulled off that feat.

Sabate and Ferran Berga took a win at No. 1 following Jacobo Rendon and Andre Fernandes' win at No. 3 to give Wesleyan the early momentum. Then Ramon Rodriguez and Pedro Nassar battled back from a 3-6 hole to capture their No. 2 match 9-7, completing the sweep.

"I am so encouraged by the fight and the professional approach this group has been taking this year," said head coach Marc Walters, who saw his team win their seventh straight to up their record to 11-1.

"That was a great result and a total team day for Nathan, and well deserved. He has been playing a high standard all year but has been looking for a win that would validate his efforts, and Vincent (Hamon) is a good, experienced player. "

The Bobcats return to the courts on Saturday in Morgantown as they meet Division II  Daeman  College out of Buffalo, N.Y. at 3 p.m.

Then they will travel to MEC rival West Liberty on Sunday for a conference showdown with the Hilltoppers.  Saturday's match is set to begin at 2 p.m.  at the Ridgeview Racquet club in Morgantown.