Wesleyan Downs Shepherd on Senior Day, 7-2

Wesleyan Downs Shepherd on Senior Day, 7-2

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team wrapped up their regular season with a home match against the Shepherd University Rams today at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.

Wesleyan took the match by a 7-2 score.

With the win, the Bobcats clinched a share of the Mountain East Conference for the second consecutive year.

The match was also "Senior Day" for four Bobcats playing their final contest on the Wesleyan campus.

The four seniors, all in the line-up today, were Jose Titonel, Timothy Stephens, Nathan Sabate and Jacobo Rendon.

All four were victorious.

In individual action for the seniors, Sabate won at No. 2 singles over Grant Davis (6-0, 6-1), Rendon was triumph at No. 4 singles over Kaleb Lochner (6-0, 6-0) and Stephens claimed a win at No. 5 over Austin Thomas (6-0, 6-0).

In doubles action for the seniors, Sabate teamed with Ferran Berga for an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles at Titonel teamed with Pedro Nassar for an 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.

The other individual wins belonged to Ramon Rodriguez at No. 3 and Thomas McIntosh at No. 5.

"Today was a really nice way for Jose, Tim, Nathan and Jacobo to finish seeing their team clinch a regular season title," remarked head coach Marc Walters. "We are peaking at the right time, and these guys are big reason why we have had the success and built the team up over the time they have been here."

Wesleyan ended their regular-season with a 14-6 mark overall and a 6-1 ledger in the MEC.

Walters concluded by praising his seniors.

"This group has now been part of three MEC titles, three NCAA regionals (with a fourth probable), three ITA All-Academic teams, nine ITA Academic Individual awards and six All-MEC selections between them. It's a really solid group of seniors."

Wesleyan will now advance to the MEC Tournament this weekend in Huntington.

The 'Cats will receive a first-round bye and play Saturday at 2 p.m. in the semi-finals against either Fairmont State or West Virginia State.