Tennis 'Cats Earn Split With Edinboro, Mercyhurst

ERIE, Pa. - The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team went 1-1 on an important regional trip, losing at Edinboro University 6-3 on Saturday and defeating Mercyhurst by the score of 5-4 on Sunday.

The Bobcats, battled back from a 2-1 deficit on Sunday to capture a win over the Lakers, currently ranked sixth in the region. Sunday's match featured third sets in five of the six singles positions, and the Bobcats won three of these deciding sets.

Junior Timothy Stephens completed the comeback with a 6-1 6-3 win at No. 6 singles to give Wesleyan its fifth point. Mercyhurst then claimed the number five spot for the final margin.

On Saturday Edinboro used dominating singles to fuel their win. After jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the doubles, the Fighting Scots ran away with the top three singles matches to clinch the dual, in a match that was not as close as the final score indicates.

"Our guys did a nice job on Sunday of getting up off the mat and grinding out a win in tough environment," said head coach Marc Walters.

"We did not play to our best level on Saturday and Edinboro out-roughed us in the key positions, but we were able to fight back on Sunday and salvage the weekend. These are important results as far as NCAA qualification goes and every match is pivotal."

The Bobcats are now 15-3 on the season and are currently third in the MEC at 3-1 behind West Liberty and the University of Charleston.

The 'Cats return to action this Saturday when they travel to Bluefield to face Bluefield College and Bluefield State in non-conference action.