Guilford Drops Men's Tennis Season Opener to Washington and Lee, 8-1

Elijah Gregory '21 (Photo by Shannon Petsch '19)
Elijah Gregory '21 (Photo by Shannon Petsch '19)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Visiting Washington and Lee University claimed an 8-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's tennis win at Guilford College Wednesday in the Quakers' first match of the spring season.

The Generals (4-2, 3-0 ODAC), picked first in the preseason ODAC Men's Tennis Coaches' Poll, were tested in a number of matches but rose to the occasion. They jumped to an early 3-0 lead when the first-doubles tandem of Bobby Neuner and Mitchell Thomas pulled out an 8-7 win over Guilford's Mason Robb and Elijah Gregory with a 7-3 win in the tiebreaker. Tye Loan and Alex Fedor dispatched of the Quakers' Kai Glass and Tim Thompson, 8-1, at third doubles. Harry Shepherd and John Rudden won the second-doubles contest, 8-3, over Guilford's Jay Montague and Joe Horne.

Singles action took a twist when the Generals' subbed out Shepherd at first singles and moved everyone else up a spot in the ladder with Jack Johnson coming on at sixth singles. Guilford's Gregory earned his team's point at second singles when Thomas retired after dropping a hard-fought first set. Neuner and Rudden yielded just three points apiece in wins at third and fifth singles, respectively.

Fedor, who moved into the top singles flight, faced three match points in the second set against Guilford's Robb. He rallied his way back to tie the second set and won the tiebreaker, 7-4. Fedor completed the comeback with a 10-7 triumph in the third-set tiebreak.

Washington and Lee's Loan also needed three sets to topped Guilford's Montague at fourth singles, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

Coach Dave McCain's Quakers return to action this weekend with home contests versus league-rivals Ferrum College on Saturday and Randolph-Macon College on Sunday. Both contests begin at 2:00 p.m. on the Quakers' McMichael Centennial Class Courts.