February 25, 2014

Men’s Tennis Evens Record With Loss to Reigning ODAC Champions

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph's men's tennis team fell to nationally-ranked Washington & Lee on Tuesday at home, going to 2-2 on the season.

After winning their spring opener, the WildCats (2-2, 0-1 ODAC) lost their match against No. 22 W&L, 9-0. Randolph played well in the loss.

Randolph had two matches in which they put a scare into the team unanimously picked in the ODAC coaches' poll.

In the second doubles match, first-years Q Manglapus (Falls Church, Va./-) and JT von Seggern (McLean, Va./Langley) took on W&L's Vincent Kim and Brian Krouskos. In that match the WildCat duo tied it up at eight games apiece before falling in the tiebreaker. 

Later in the first singles match, junior Daniil Lyalko (Reisterstown, Md./Park School of Baltimore) faced Michael Holt. After losing the first set 6-3, Lyalko defeated Holt in the second set with the same score. Lyalko would eventually fall to Holt in the tiebreaker, 10-6.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Lyalko and first-year Doug Corbett (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) won one game against Michael Holt and sophomore Taylor Shamshiri. At No.3 doubles, Zach Dales (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque) and Dan Phung (Hanoi, Vietnam/International) lost to Sam Borowsky and Robert Eckstein.

Three of the players selected by W&L today were first team all-ODAC winners last year. Holt and Shamshiri are ranked regionally.

The WildCats will head to Southern Virginia, Thursday at 3 p.m., for their final match of the month.