FERRUM, VA - The Montreat College's tennis teams competed well in the Bud Skeen Memorial Tournament in Ferrum, Virginia this past Saturday. The tournament, hosted by Ferrum College, was round-robin style for each flight. Each flight held players who played at that position.
The Cavalier men proved to be too much for its opponents with many flight victories in both singles and doubles. For singles play, Leopoldo Lucero (SO/Quito, Ecuador) took the flight victory posting an 8-0 win over Ferrum's Connor Moncure and another win over Johnson's Jake Clark, 8-1. The other players followed quickly in Leo's footsteps, winning each flight in both singles and doubles, except for the #4 flight. The following players only dropped 6 or less games in their route to winning their flight: Lorward Choi (SO/Torrance, CA), Jackson Plyler (FR/Weddington, NC), Grayson Chumley (FR/Woodstock, GA), and Jacob Summerville (FR/Rockmart, GA).
Going into doubles play, the duo of David Garcia (SO/Madrid, Spain) and Loward Choi walked away with a flight victory by posting wins over both Johnson (8-4) and Ferrum (9-8(4)). At the #3 doubles flight, Lucero and Eric Dunlap (FR/Cartersville, GA) paired together to grab a flight victory by only dropping one game against Ferrum's doubles pair (8-1) and beating Johnson, 8-0.
"Leo set the trend for the rest of the players," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "It was great to see him take the court and stay focused throughout both matches. The rest of the team followed suit and performed extremely well. It was awesome to see some of the freshman, again, step up to the plate and represent the Cavaliers in great fashion. Even though we had already faced Johnson, the players stayed focused during their matches against Ferrum College."
The teams will be back in action when they compete in the Belmont-Abbey Invitational, September 23rd-24th.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College men's tennis team kicked off their fall season in style, picking up three straight wins over the weekend.
MONTREAT 9 JOHNSON 0
On Saturday, the Cavaliers blanked Johnson University 9-0. Montreat dropped only two games out of three doubles lines, as well as sweeping through singles play. The line-up was led by sophomore David Garcia (SO/Madrid, Spain), who posted a win for the Cavaliers at number one singles (6-3,6-3), and senior Tanner Wilhoit (SR/Denton, NC), who followed suit by winning 6-2,6-1 at number two singles. The next four players only dropped a total of four games in route to their win with Jackson Plyler (FR/Weddington, NC) winning at line three (6-0,6-0), Grayson Chumley (FR/Woodstock, GA) at the number four spot (6-1,6-1), Jacob Summerville (FR/Rockmart, GA) at the fifth line (8-1), and Eric Dunlap (FR/Cartersville, GA) at the number six line (8-1).
"The guys came out ready this morning," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "Garcia and Wilhoit did a great job setting the expectation for this match. It was great to see some of the new guys step up and play hard. It was a great start to our year."
MONTREAT 6 LAGRANGE 3
On Sunday morning, the Cavaliers picked up a 6-3 win over LaGrange College. The tandem of Anh Hoag and Benn Cree picked up a 6-4 win in #2 doubles while the team of Lorward Choi (SO/Torrance, CA) and David Garcia won 8-6 in #3 doubles action. Four Montreat men picked up wins in singles play. Santiago Mackrey (FR/Belcarce, Argentina) won 7-5, 6-4 in #2 singles while Leopoldo Lucero (SO/Quito, Ecuador) took the win in #3 singles 6-1, 6-1. Lorward Choi took the win in #5 singles 6-1, 6-2 while Anh Hoang (SO/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) won his #6 singles match 6-1, 6-2.
MONTREAT 7 MARYVILLE 2
The Cavaliers wrapped up the weekend by defeating Maryville 7-2. Jackson Plyler and Grayson Chumley teamed up to take an 8-0 win in #2 doubles play. Tanner Wilhoit won a marathon match in #2 singles 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 while Plyler earned an easy 6-0, 6-1 win in #3 singles. Chumley earned an 8-2 win in #4 singles while Eric Dunlap won his #5 singles match 8-1.
The team will be back in action on September 17th when they travel to face Ferrum College.
Montreat College Head Tennis Coach Andrew Cobb has announced the signing of four student-athletes to letters of intent to compete for the men's tennis program in 2016-2017.
The Cavaliers have added Ben Cree to the team for the fall. Cree has experienced success on the tennis courts of his native Ireland, winning the Knock Out Cup that has players from all over the country.
"I chose Montreat because I have always wanted to play tennis in the USA and from the word "go", I got along well with the coach, Andrew. We both have the same outlook and work ethic," Cree said.
"Ben's going to be a great asset for our men's program," Coach Cobb said. "He has a lot of success in tournament play, both singles and doubles because he aims to outwork his opponent. That intensity will be great for our program."
Anh Hoang, a transfer from Ferrum College, has joined the men's tennis program at Montreat. While at Ferrum, Hoang compiled a 13-6 doubles record for his freshman year. He was also named to the USA South All-Conference Team.
"Anh will come in and immediately make an impact, especially in doubles," Coach Cobb said. "He is a great player who is intense and works hard daily. He will bring experience and success from a really good conference so he will be a great addition."
Jackson Plyler from Weddington, North Carolina has joined the men's tennis team. Plyler is currently a senior at Weddington High School and is a player with a great high school career. He helped lead the Warriors to three 3A State Playoff semi-final appearances and boasted a 47-12 high school career record.
"Jackson will be a great asset," said Coach Cobb. "He has a lot of success in high school and tournament play. He's a very team-focused player who chose Montreat because of our community. He's definitely a strong addition to our program."
Austin Silver is the fourth individual to sign to the men's team. Silver is currently a senior at Coosa High School where he helped lead the program to three 7AA state playoff appearances, as well as compiling a 38-16 overall record at the No.1 and No.2 singles spots.
"Austin has a great experience and has had a great high school career," Coach Cobb said. "He will be a great asset to our men's tennis program and will be a crucial player as the program grows."