Tennis 'Cats Cruise Past Daeman College, 9-0

Tennis 'Cats Cruise Past Daeman College, 9-0

MORGANTOWN -- The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team ran their winning streak to eight matches with a solid victory over Daeman College at Ridgeview Racquet Club Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats swept doubles and then got straight-set singles wins by Jacobo Rendon (No. 2) and Ramon Rodriguez (No. 3) to clinch the victory. Nathan Sabate and Ferran Berga also contributed straight set wins, with Sabate taking his second set in a tiebeaker by the score of 8-6.

The Bobcats are now 12-1 on the year and stand at 3-0 in the Mountain East Conference going into Sunday's match with preseason favorite West Liberty State.

The Hilltoppers are currently ranked #50 nationally, and are second in the Atlantic Region rankings released by the ITA on Wednesday.

The Bobcats are currently third in those ratings, having moved up by virtue of wins over No. 4 ranked Chowan, Barton College and University of the District of Columbia, teams ranked in their ITA regions.

West Liberty defeated the 'Cats twice last season, both times on the road, and each time earning the Hilltoppers a conference championship.

West Liberty beat the Bobcats 5-3 in the regular season in Wheeling, then took the MEC tournament title with a 5-2 win in Charleston.

The Bobcats last victory over the 'Toppers was in March 2014, and according to head coach Marc Walters, Sunday will be a tough assignment, but one his squad is very ready to play.

"Our guys have had an exceptional month of preparation and they have as much match toughness as I could ask for," said Walters. "We have had five hour wins, physically demanding wins, and all kinds of weather and environments thrown at them, and they just keep grinding away. It's a professional bunch of kids and I have been hard on them. I am very proud of how they have responded, and I know we will give it our best effort Sunday," promised Walters.

Walters also had high praise for the West Liberty program.

"Sam's (Hilltopper head coach McCullough) group is just a great bunch of talented kids, and we have had some intense battles, but clean and spirited every time out. They have a lot of class, and that makes for some fun and exciting tennis." said Walters. "We have great respect for them and get along well with their guys because they are likable kids. That's refreshing to see when they are all playing for such high stakes."

First serve will be at 2 p.m. at the Wheeling Park Tennis Bubble, and admission is free.

Pictured is Andre Fernandes