FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - On the weekend of October 5th, Guilford College's men's tennis team competed in the 2012 Methodist University 2 of 3 Men's Challenge. In the unique tournament, doubles teams compete against other tandems in a pro-set match, first to 8. After playing doubles, an A and a B player from each pair plays the A and B player from the other team in the best two-out-of-three sets. In order to win, the squad must capture two out of the three matches. This year's tournament featured contestants from seven teams, an NCAA Division I team, three NCAA Division II schools and three NCAA Division III squads.
Guilford fielded four teams in 27-team field. The tandem of Erik Meiler and Collin Rapp advanced to the second round by winning against a pair from Division II Barton College. Turner Votipka and Trevor Cox were narrowly ousted by a team from Division II Mount Olive College, 2-1. Three of the Guilford teams moved to the consolation draw where two teams reached the quarterfinals, Mitchell Patterson and Ben Nelson and Byron Hamilton and John Brvenik.
Rapp was Guilford's top individual performer with three wins and one loss, and one of those wins moved him and Meiler into the second round. Patterson and Meiler also did well, winning two matches apiece.
With the fall season now complete, coach Dave McCain's Quakers look forward to their opening spring match against Division II Pfeiffer University Feb. 14, 2013.