As a summer feature, RandolphWildcats.com will continue to list the 13 best WildCat games, matches or meets of 2012-13. With so many great games to choose from, it was difficult for each team to pick just one. The games are listed in no particular ranking, just starting in the fall and working our way towards the spring squads.
Randolph Men's Tennis 5, Southern Virginia 4
March 14, 2013
The Randolph College men's tennis team was coming off a long stretch without playing a match, as spring break and some cancellations had force the WildCats into a 14-day layoff. After the break, Randolph was matched up with Southern Virginia University, a side that had been a thorn in the side for the WildCats over the last few years.
Earlier in the fall, the Knights had knocked off Randolph 5-4, coming from behind to earn the match victory. It was a learning experience for the WildCat men's squad, one that the squad would use later in the season. Coming into the March 14 match with Southern Virginia, Randolph was 2-2 on the season and looking to get over .500.
The WildCats, who had a team of six players in 2012-13, sent their usual lineup out against the Knights. In doubles, the No. 1 pairing for Randolph of Daniil Lyalko and Dan Phung played very well in earning an important 8-2 to set the tone for the WildCats. Andrew Angerbauer and Lancaster Brown fought back to even the match at one apiece, earning an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles over senior Samim Yaquby and sophomore Hart Gillespie.
Randolph sent sophomores Shaun Chopp and Zach Dales into battle at No. 2 doubles, looking for the all-important second doubles marker. The WildCats did not dissapoint, cruising by Southern Virginia's pairing of Brian Blocher and Kenneth Mize 8-3. The WildCats now only had to manage a split in singles' play to earn the match victory. Randolph did have the advantage of playing on its home courts, an advantage as the day went on.
Lyalko had no issues at No. 1 singles, earning an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory to put Randolph up by two at 3-1. Southern Virginia earned back-to-back wins to pull the match even at three, as Brown knocked off Yaquby 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles and Angerbauer defeated Gillespie 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. With three more singles' contests to play, Randolph needed to earn two to pick up the victory.
Team captain Zach Dales would push his team to a 4-3 lead, as he played an amazing match to a 6-2, 6-1 straight set victory over Mize. Dales, who was only a sophomore in 2012-13, led the squad in wins during his second campaign with Randolph and named team MVP on the year. Southern Virginia battled back with a win at No. 3 singles, as Blocher knocked off Chopp in a thrilling three-setter, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7. The No. 2 singles match would be for the match, and Phung came up large for Randolph, earning a tough 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) straight set to earn the match win for the WildCats.
It was an important win for Randolph, marking its first-ever win in men's tennis over Southern Virginia. The WildCats wouldn't finish the season how they wanted to, but the victory over SVU is one the squad can look back on as its top game of the 2012-13 season.
Return to RandolphWildCats.com Friday for Games No. 11 and 12 on our Randolph Top Games from 2012-13 list featuring the lacrosse teams.