GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s Tyler Mercier and Clayton Hamilton (Greensboro, N.C./Page (Greensboro)) pulled out three-set singles victories in the Quakers’ 7-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men’s tennis win over visiting Hampden-Sydney College Monday.
The Quakers (8-6, 5-1 ODAC) won for the sixth time in eight matches and defeated the Tigers (2-2, 2-2 ODAC) for the first time since 2007.
Mercier, the reigning ODAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, posted a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 win over Hampden-Sydney’s Kevin Calhoun for his seventh straight singles win. Hamilton claimed a hard-fought three-set win over the Tigers’ Ian Sammler at third singles. Mercier and Hamilton teamed at first singles where Calhoun and Sammler snapped the Guilford tandem’s seven-match winning skein, 9-8 (7-5).
Freshman Turner Votipka continued a solid season with a straight-set win at second singles. He and Colin Rapp posted an 8-3 triumph at second doubles. Ben Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Homeschooled) also won twice for the Quakers with victories at sixth singles and third doubles.
Ryan Davis accounted for the Tigers’ other point with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Rapp.
The Quakers visit league-rival Randolph-Macon College Friday (3/30) afternoon in a match rescheduled from February 19.
Tennis Match Results
Hampden-Sydney vs Guilford
Mar 26, 2012 at Greensboro, NC
McMichael Centennial Class Courts
Guilford – 7
Hampden-Sydney – 2
1. Tyler Mercier (GC) def. Kevin Calhoun (HSC) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
2. Turner Votipka (GC) def. Zack King (HSC) 6-0, 6-3
3. Clayton Hamilton (GC) def. Ian Sammler (HSC) 6-4, 5-7, 10-4
4. Ryan Davis (HSC) def. Colin Rapp (GC) 6-4, 6-1
5. Mark Cheong (GC) def. Houghton Flanagan (HSC) 6-4, 7-5
6. Ben Nelson (GC) def. Barrett Polan (HSC) 6-3, 6-0
1. Kevin Calhoun/Ian Sammler (HSC) def. Clayton Hamilton/Tyler Mercier (GC) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Turner Votipka/Colin Rapp (GC) def. Barrett Polan/Zack King (HSC) 8-3
3. Ben Nelson/Charlie Smith (GC) def. Ryan Davis/Franklin Bowers (HSC) 8-4
Hampden-Sydney 2-2, 2-2 ODAC
Guilford 8-6, 5-1 ODAC
Old Dominion Athletic Conference match