April 22, 2012

Guilford Tops Hampden-Sydney in ODAC Men's Tennis Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College won its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Tennis Tournament match since 2008 Sunday with a 5-1 quarterfinal win over Hampden-Sydney College at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.

The third-seeded Quakers (11-7) avenged last season's opening-round loss to the sixth-seeded Tigers (5-8) by winning two of three doubles matches and three singles contests.

Guilford advances to play second-seeded Bridgewater College Saturday (4/28) at Randolph-Macon College in the tournament semifinals. The Eagles defeated Guilford, 7-2, April 14 and reached the ODAC Tournament semifinals with a 5-0 home win over Roanoke College Sunday.

Guilford's Tyler Mercier improved to 13-3 in singles matches this season with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hampden-Sydney's Kevin Calhoun. Mercier's 13 singles wins this season mark Guilford's most in a season since Caleb Kimbrough '08 went 13-1 in 2005.

Mercier also teamed with Clayton Hamilton for an 8-3 win at first doubles over the Tigers' Calhoun and Watt Mountcastle. Hamilton took down Ryan Davis at third singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Guilford freshman Colin Rapp teamed with classmate Turner Votipka for an 8-6 second-doubles win and downed Houghton Flanagan, 6-0, 6-1, at fourth singles.