College Men’s Tennis Final – Guilford 6, Roanoke 3 (ODAC Tournament quarterfinal)

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Turner Votipka’s 6-4, 7-5 first-singles win over John Ross clinched Guilford College’s 6-3 victory over Roanoke College in Saturday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament quarterfinal match.

The third-seeded Quakers (11-4) advance to next Saturday’s (5/2) ODAC Tournament semifinals at second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan College, a 5-0 winner over number-seven Randolph College. Guilford took five-of-six singles matches from the sixth-seeded Maroons (8-8) to reach their fourth ODAC Tournament semifinal contest in seven seasons.

Roanoke (8-8) won two doubles points, including a tight 8-6 decision at second doubles where Ross and Jose Alvorado turned back the Quakers’ Trevor Cox and Aaron Smedley, 8-6. Jacob Morris and Matt Kessler dispatched of Votipka and Erik Meiler, 8-2, at first doubles. The Quakers’ Levi Bruff and Mason Church claimed an 8-5 third-doubles decision to get Guilford on the scoreboard.

Votipka overcame a 5-3 second-set deficit in his win-clinching triumph. He avenged Ross’ three-set victory over Votipka at the teams’ regular-season contest at Roanoke March 22. Guilford’s Mason Church topped Alvorado, 7-6, 6-1, for the Quakers’ sixth and final point.

Guilford’s Meiler and Bruff both needed a third set in their victories. Meiler defeated Morris, 6-4, 0-6, 10-3 at third singles and Bruff pulled off a sixth-singles win, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8, over Roanoke’s Teeple.

Smedley joined Bruff as the Quakers’ two two-time winners Saturday by downing Matt DelGreco, 6-4, 6-4, at fourth singles.

Coach Dave McCain’s Quakers lost a narrow 5-4 decision to visiting Virginia Wesleyan March 29. The Marlins are hosting the 2015 ODAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament semifinals and finals May 2-3.

Tennis Match Results
Roanoke vs Guilford
Apr 25, 2015 at Greensboro, NC
(Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center)
Guilford 6, Roanoke 3

Singles competition
1. Turner Votipka (GC) def. Joseph Ross (RC) 6-4, 7-5
2. Matt Kessler (RC) def. Trevor Cox (GC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Erik Meiler (GC) def. Jacob Morris (RC) 6-4, 0-6, 10-3
4. Aaron Smedley (GC) def. Matt DelGreco (RC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mason Church (GC) def. Jose Alvarodo (RC) 7-6, 6-1
6. Levi Bruff (GC) def. Chris Teeple (RC) 4-6, 6-1, 10-8

Doubles competition
1. Jacob Morris/Matt Kessler (RC) def. Turner Votipka/Erik Meiler (GC) 8-2
2. Joseph Ross/Jose Alvarodo (RC) def. Aaron Smedley/Trevor Cox (GC) 8-6
3. Levi Bruff/Mason Church (GC) def. Matt DelGreco/Chris Teeple (RC) 8-5

Match Notes:
Roanoke 8-8
Guilford 11-4
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal