WVWC Tennis starts 2022 campaign with 2-1 trip to Tennessee

HARROGATE, TENN. — The West Virginia Wesleyan College tennis teams kicked off their 2022 season with a trip to Lincoln Memorial University this past weekend, Friday February 18 and Saturday February 19. The trip was productive, as both teams started the season with 2-1 records. 

‘We had some key wins from our upperclassmen this weekend,” Head Coach Kyle Hoffman said, “This was a good weekend for us to battle some adversity and get rid of some nerves. It’s a long season, but we are thankful to start the season with some wins.”

In the first match, both teams fell against Lincoln Memorial on Friday. The Lady Bobcats dropped their match-up, 7-0. In doubles action, the #3-ranked duo of Rebecca Osbourne and Madison Chen forced a tiebreak but could not quite upend the opposition.

 For the mens team, the Railsplitters took the doubles point despite Camillo and Salvi Kihiro Karasawa winning their match, 6-4. The Bobcats were able to scrape out two points in singles, with Taylor Papworth winning in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 and Salvi winning at 6-2, 6-3.

In the second match, the WVWC tennis teams were pitted up against the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA-Wise). The women dropped the doubles point against UVA-Wise after losing at the #1 and #2 seed. Osborne and Chen were able to claim a 6-3 victory at the #3 seed to tie the contest at one apiece, but UVA-Wise was able to persevere and win at the #2 seed. 

 In singles action, WVWC found themselves down 2-0. However, the team was able to rattle off five consecutive victories and claim the match 5-2. The Bobcats did not drop a set in either of those matches.

 The men claimed a decisive victory over UVA-Wise 6-0 in all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. The teams won, in straight sets, in the first five singles matches. Patrick McGee, a late addition to the lineup, dropped his first set at #7. However, the junior college transfer would storm back in sets two and three to claim his first collegiate victory, 2-6, 6-2, 10-4. 

 In the third and final match of the trip, both teams came out victorious over Emory and Henry College, with the women starting off with a 5-2 win. WVWC swept the doubles matches to take a quick 1-0 lead. The Wasps were able to fight back and take two points of their own after wins in singles #1 and #3 seeds, but WVWC was able to sweep the remaining matches in straight sets to finish the result.

 The men showed another convincing effort taking a 7-0 victory over the Wasps. With the doubles point already clinched, Salvi and Karasawa finished an exciting match at no.1 with a 7-5 victory. WVWC showed similar success in singles sweeping all six matches while only dropping one set. Nicolas Zumba won his third set super tiebreaker 10-6 to finish off the 7-0 sweep for the Bobcats. 


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