BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College tennis teams were back in action, returning to their home-court this last Wednesday, March 16 for a non-conference game against Bloomsburg University. Both Bobcat tennis teams prevailed in their respective battles with Bloomsberg, with the women winning a thrilling 4-3 nail biter, while on the other side, the WVWC men cruised to a dominant victory by a final tally of 6-1.
The Bobcats swept the doubles contests in the women’s match after Julia Pinto and Alanis Alvarez won the tiebreak on the #1-seed line to secure the sweep and get out to an early 1-0 lead.
Then, Rebecca Osbourne won her matchup on the #5-seed line in straight sets by scores of 7-5, 6-1 giving the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage over Bloomsburg.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, the Bloomsburg women sprang back to life, clawing back into the contest after picking up wins to bring the teams dead even at 2 wins apiece. However, Pinto and Alvarez earned two straight wins for the Bobcats in singles action, ending Bloomsburg’s comeback attempt. Both Pinto and Alvarez fought to win critical three-set matches to give the Lady Bobcats the win.
On the men’s side, the Bobcats dominated Bloomsburg from start to finish. The Bobcats began by sweeping the series of doubles matches in convincing fashion as the team Taylor Papworth and Carlos Garces Granero were on the same page and clicking all afternoon winning their match on #2-seed line by a score of 6-0. Camillo Salvi and Kihiro Karasawa won on the doubles #1-seed line by a final tally of 6-3, giving the Bobcats an early 1-0 advantage after earning the doubles point. The Bobcats would go on to win 5 of the 6 singles matches against Bloomsburg to coast to an easy 6-1 victory.