W&L Men's Tennis Claims ODAC Crown

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's tennis team claimed its second-straight Old Dominon Athletic Conference title with a 5-0 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon at the W&L Outdoor Courts.

The win gave the Generals their 30th ODAC title in the 35 years that the conference has recognized a champion.

Washington and Lee won all three doubles points and clinched the match with wins at No. 2 singles and No. 6 singles.  Junior Jeremy Becht (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) defeated Shad Harrell, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while junior Brian Roberts (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) ended the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ian Sammler at No. 6 singles.

With the win, W&L improved to 15-3 overall.  Hampden-Sydney dropped to 11-4 on the season.

The Generals will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins on May 13.  They will be in action again on May 7 when they tune up for NCAA's with a match at 12th-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan.  Action begins at 1:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --

Washington and Lee Tennis
Hampden-Sydney vs Washington and Lee (Apr 23, 2011)

Washington and Lee 5, Hampden-Sydney 0
Apr 23, 2011 at Lexington, VA (Upper Courts)

 
Singles competition
1. Hayden White (W&L) vs. Rich Pugh (HSC) 6-1, 1-3, unfinished
2. Jeremy Becht (W&L) def. Shad Harrell (HSC) 6-1, 6-2
3. Michael Freeman (W&L) vs. Kevin Calhoun (HSC) 2-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jonathan Gaffney (W&L) vs. Tal Covington (HSC) 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
5. Ben Fass (W&L) vs. Zack Pack (HSC) 6-4, 4-0, unfinished
6. Brian Roberts (W&L) def. Ian Sammler (HSC) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Jonathan Gaffney/Mac Davis (W&L) def. Tal Covington/Rich Pugh (HSC) 8-4
2. Brian Roberts/Hayden White (W&L) def. Shad Harrell/Kevin Calhoun (HSC) 8-4
3. Jeremy Becht/Michael Freeman (W&L) def. Zack Pack/Ian Sammler (HSC) 8-2
Match Notes
Hampden-Sydney 11-4
Washington and Lee 15-3
ODAC Championship Match