GREENSBORO, N.C. – Visiting Washington and Lee claimed an 8-1 victory at Guilford College Friday afternoon in a showdown between the last two unbeaten men’s tennis teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
The Generals (9-5, 9-0 ODAC) are ranked 10th in the April 12 Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Atlantic South Region Poll.
Washington and Lee pulled out a pair of narrow doubles wins en route to an early 3-0 margin. The Generals’ top tandem of Harry Shepherd and Charlie Kittredge posted an 8-6 victory over the Quakers’ Tate Godwin and Graham Pearson. Shepherd and Kittredge are ranked 10th in the latest regional doubles rankings. Washington and Lee’s Thomas Harmon and Mitchell Thomas needed extra points to top the Quakers’ second-doubles pair of Elijah Gregory and Mason Robb, 9-7.
Shepherd, ranked fourth in the region, took a 7-2 tiebreak in the first set of a 7-6, 6-2 win over Guilford’s Godwin. Zack Ely won the third-singles match from Gregory, 6-2, 6-2 and Harmon was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Pearson at fourth singles.
Robb, the reigning ODAC Player of the Week, accounted for Guilford’s lone point with a 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6) win over Thomas, who is ranked 14th in the region.
Coach Dave McCain’s Quakers (9-4, 6-1 ODAC) visit league-rival Bridgewater College Sunday (4/22) at 2:00 p.m. in a match rescheduled from earlier this month.
Tennis Match Results
Washington and Lee vs Guilford
Apr 20, 2018 at Greensboro, NC
(McMichael Centennial Class Courts)
Washington and Lee 8, Guilford 1
1. Harry Shepherd (WLU) def. Tate Godwin (GC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
2. Mason Robb (GC) def. Mitchell Thomas (WLU) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Zack Ely (WLU) def. Elijah Gregory (GC) 6-2, 6-2
4. Thomas Harmon (WLU) def. Graham Pearson (GC) 6-0, 6-1
5. March Zheng (WLU) def. Chasen Chacon (GC) 6-3, 6-0
6. Charlie Kittredge (WLU) def. Kai Glass (GC) 6-1, 6-0
1. Harry Shepherd/Charlie Kittredge (WLU) def. Tate Godwin/Graham Pearson (GC) 8-6
2. Thomas Harmon/Mitchell Thomas (WLU) def. Elijah Gregory/Mason Robb (GC) 9-7
3. Tyebo Loan/Michael Lukas (WLU) def. Jarad Gandy/Kai Glass (GC) 8-0
Washington and Lee 9-5, 9-0 ODAC; Regional ranking #10
Guilford 9-4, 6-1 ODAC
Old Dominion Athletic Conference match
Washington and Lee is ranked 10th in the April 12 Oracle/ITA Atlantic South