MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- The Wofford men’s tennis team went 1-1 on the day Saturday as they participated in the Community Day on the Clay event hosted By Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wofford was downed by Coastal 6-1, but rebounded to take down Mount Olive 7-0, the 33rd ranked team in Division II. With the win, the Terriers are in the win column at 1-5.
“I’m disappointed with today’s results. I thought Coastal competed better than we did and they certainly deserved to win. We have some areas we must improve in that are being addressed. Although I’m disappointed, it doesn’t mean there weren’t some positives that we could take away. Tinus Van Wyk continues to improve his singles play; In fact, he looked great in singles today. I am thrilled to get Danny Manlow back in the single lineup. As a young team, we have a lot to learn but I believe playing a tough schedule is certainly helping propel the learning curve” noted Coach Rod Ray.
Wofford opened up the morning taking on the host school, Coastal Carolina. Alan Donald and Paul Bartholomy continued their solid play together at number two doubles picking up an 8-6 victory to get the ball rolling for the Terriers. However, the combo of Stuart Robertson and Danny Manlow fell 9-7 in a tough match on court one as did Scott Collins and Van Wyk on court three falling 8-4, giving the Chanticleers the doubles point and a 1-0 leading heading into singles play.
In singles play, the Terriers were unable to get things going as Coastal took wins on five out of six courts. The lone win of the day in single play came on court five from Van Wyk. Van Wyk was able to earn a bagel in the opening set 6-0, and followed it up in the second set 6-4, giving him a straight set win.
In the afternoon match against Mount Olive, the Terriers claimed the doubles point to start out and never looked back en route to a 7-0 victory. In doubles play, the doubles team of Robertson and Manlow had the toughest match of the three but prevailed 9-7.
Both doubles teams of Bartholomy/Donald and Collins/Elliott Farmer won easily 8-1 and 8-2 giving the Terriers the 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
In singles play, the Terriers continued to dominate on courts 2-6 only losing a combined 12 games. On Court number one, Collins had to battle back after losing a tough first set 6-0 and did so by taking the second set 6-0 and the third set match tiebreaker 10-5.
“After a disappointing loss, we rebounded well against a good Mount Olive team. Scott showed some good toughness to come back and win over a tough competitor at number one,” stated Ray.
Wofford will return to action on February 11 as they travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on Presbyterian at 3 p.m.