W&L Men's Tennis Knocks Off VWC for the ODAC title

W&L Men's Tennis Knocks Off VWC for the ODAC title

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The second-seeded Washington and Lee men's tennis team avenged its earlier loss to Virginia Wesleyan, knocking off the top-seeded Marlins in the championship match of the 2016 ODAC Tournament at the W&L Courts on Sunday.

The Generals took two of the three doubles matches with a big 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles by the tandem of senior Joe Siami (Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier) and junior Michael Lukas (Manitowoc, Wisc. / University School of Milwaukee) for a 2-1 lead.

In singles action, senior Thomas Johnson (Greenville, S.C. / Christ Church Episcopal) posted a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2, first-year Zack Ely (Norwalk, Conn. / Brien McMahon) notched a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 and Siami registered a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win at No. 5 to close out the match.

The team victory clinched W&L's seventh straight league crown and the program's 35th all-time ODAC title.  In the process, the Generals improved to 15-8, while VWC fell to 17-7.

W&L, which receives the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will now wait to see who it plays in the NCAA first round and where the game will be played.

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Washington and Lee Men's Tennis
Virginia Wesleyan College vs Washington and Lee (May 08, 2016)

Washington and Lee 5, Virginia Wesleyan College 2
May 08, 2016 at Washington and Lee (Upper Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Graham Wilson (VWCM) def. Jordan Krasner (W&L) 7-5, 6-2
2. Thomas Johnson (W&L) def. Kenneth Downing (VWCM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Will Bannister (W&L) vs. Adam Rosemblaum (VWCM) 2-6, 6-3, 4-0, unfinished
4. Zack Ely (W&L) def. Drew Tomajczyk (VWCM) 6-1, 6-2
5. Joe Siami (W&L) def. Brendan Kelleher (VWCM) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
6. Perry Clements (W&L) vs. Tyler Chang (VWCM) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Jordan Krasner/Will Bannister (W&L) def. Graham Wilson/Adam Rosemblaum (VWCM) 8-5
2. Kenneth Downing/Tyler Chang (VWCM) def. Thomas Johnson/Zack Ely (W&L) 8-4
3. Michael Lukas/Joe Siami (W&L) def. Drew Tomajczyk/Spenser Bullock (VWCM) 9-7
Match Notes
Virginia Wesleyan College 17-7
Washington and Lee 15-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,1,5)
ODAC Championship
Official: Releford Sanders T-3:30 A-97