ASHLAND, Va. -- The top-seeded Washington and Lee men's tennis team claimed its league-record 36th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title with a 5-0 victory over third-seeded Guilford in the championship match of the conference tournament.
The championship was W&L's eighth in a row and will give the Generals an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
W&L swept through the doubles competition, claiming fairly easy victories at Nos. 2-3 doubles, while also notching an 8-6 decision at No. 1 doubles for a 3-0 lead.
In singles, the Blue & White led in all six matches, but claimed victory with wins at Nos. 5-6 singles. First-year Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La. / Vandebilt Catholic) registered a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5 and classmate Thomas Harmon (Tampa, Fla. / Plant) posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6.
W&L improved to 16-6 on the season, while the Quakers slipped to 12-6 overall.
Washington and Lee will now wait to see who it will play in the NCAA Tournament. Selections will be released on Monday.
Washington and Lee Men's Tennis
Guilford vs Washington and Lee (May 07, 2017)
#28 Washington and Lee 5, Guilford 0
May 07, 2017 at Ashland, Va. (Banks Tennis Center)
|1. Jordan Krasner (WLUM) vs. Tate Godwin (GC) 6-5, unfinished|
|2. Will Bannister (WLUM) vs. Mesa Martorell (GC) 5-3, unfinished|
|3. Zack Ely (WLUM) vs. Aaron Smedley (GC) 6-3, 1-1, unfinished|
|4. Mac Zheng (WLUM) vs. Jon-Anthony Thomas (GC) 6-5, unfinished|
|5. Mitchell Thomas (WLUM) def. Logan Glass (GC) 6-0, 6-2|
|6. Thomas Harmon (WLUM) def. Mason Church (GC) 6-0, 6-0|
|1. Will Bannister/Charlie Kittredge (WLUM) def. Tate Godwin/Mesa Martorell (GC) 8-6|
|2. Jordan Krasner/Mitchell Thomas (WLUM) def. Chasen Chacon/Graham Pearson (GC) 8-3|
|3. Thomas Harmon/Mac Zheng (WLUM) def. Aaron Smedley/Levi Bruff (GC) 8-3|
|Washington and Lee 16-6; National ranking #28|