CHARLESTON — West Virginia Wesleyan came through with a doubles sweep to gain the early lead on the way to 6-1 victory over the University of Charleston here Sunday.
The win keeps the Bobcats perfect in Mountain East Conference play at 4-0, while the host Golden Eagles drop to 3-1 in the league. Wesleyan now stands at 9-5 overall on the year heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Head coach Marc Walters felt his Bobcats were due to play a solid match from start to finish, something they not done on over a month.
“We looked a little more like ourselves today,” said Walters. “Our guys have really not gotten much rhythm in their games since the weather and the schedule haven’t cooperated with us. “Today we all got into our groove and at times played closer to our level, and we needed it.”
The Bobcats started the day with a rare double sweep against their rival, although each match saw back and forth battles.
Walters felt the doubles point would be key, as Charleston has led after the opening matches in virtually every dual the two teams have played in the past seven years.
“The doubles were all tight matches, and could have gone either way,” Walters noted. “But we got the first one at #3 and then the other two just fell our way.”
With a 1–0 lead going into singles, the Bobcats ground their way to straight set wins at five of the six spots, falling only at number one singles where UC’s Ben Lakeman pulled out a second set tiebreaker to clinch his match over Lukas Laipold.
“We played well from the front today, and our guys served really well in key moments from top to bottom” noted Walters. “ I thought we controlled tempo, and got the best of the more physical points. They (UC) have some smart players, and they definitely put forth a great effort, so I was happy with our recovery and fitness as the matches wore on.”
Carlos Dodero, Maycon Santos Dias, Harry Simaioforidis, and Thomas McIntosh each Contributed a singles and doubles win for the ‘Cats, while Laipold and Christos Kyrillou helped with the doubles sweep.
Wesleyan now has remaining conference home matches with West Virginia State on Tuesday and Fairmont State on the 14th, before a season ending road trip to Concord on the 19th.
If they can run the table, they will clinch their fourth consecutive MEC regular season title, and the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament in Huntington on May 3.