April 1, 2012

Guilford Rallies for 5-4 Men's Tennis Win Over Emory & Henry

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Ben Nelson pulled out a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Zach Eccher to lift host Guilford College past Emory & Henry College Sunday, 5-4, in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tennis action.

Guilford (10-6, 7-1 ODAC) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to capture its seventh straight league match. The Wasps (13-5, 6-2 ODAC) won all three doubles contests, including Matt Nelson and Adam Henderson's 8-4 first-doubles triumph over Guilford's Tyler Mercier and Clayton Hamilton.

The singles matches were tight from top to bottom, with three decided in three sets, including the decisive sixth-singles contest. Emory & Henry's Chip Wintringham trailed a third-set tiebreaker, 4-2, before reeling off the next five points for a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) win over Turner Votipka at second singles. Guilford's Hamilton also won a third-set tie break. After dropping the first set, 6-0, he won the second, 6-2, and the third, 7-6 (7-3).

Wintringham's win at second singles opened a 4-3 Emory & Henry lead. The Quakers' Mark Cheong knotted the score with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at fifth singles before Nelson pulled out the decisive win. Guilford's Colin Rapp used a second-set tiebreak for a 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) triumph over Mike Young.

Guilford entertains Southern Virginia University Tuesday (4/3) in a match rescheduled from March 24.