LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's tennis team opened its fall season Saturday at the WildCat Invite hosted by Randolph College. The Eagles claimed a pair of singles flights titles while also winning three of the four doubles flights.
In singles play Emmett Johnson took the title at Flight 3 with a pair of close wins. In his first match, Johnson slipped past Lynchburg's Will Nsoesie 7-5, 6-4. He won the final with a split set decision over Roanoke's Jack Fishwick. Johnson lost the first set 6-4 before rolling to a 6-1 win in the second set. A tiebreaker was played to determine the winner and Johnson came out on top 15-13.
Freddie Roberts had an easier time at Flight 4. Rpberts defeated Randolph's Joe Kaneda 6-0, 6-1 in the first match and then rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lynchburg's Bryce Barber in the final.
At the top flight, Bridgewater's Joe Dillenbeck lost both of his matches in split sets. In Flight 2, Nathaniel Horner won his first match over Roanoke's Billy Goins 6-1, 7-6, but lost in the final to Lynchburg's Luke Sablik in split sets 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.
Kris Stokes won his first match in Flight 5 in split sets over Roanoke's Jack Doriss, but lost in split sets in the final to Lynchburg's Nick Savino.
In Flight 7, freshman Nick Kiser held off Lynchburg's Colton Mullins 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 before losing the final to Lynchburg's Brad Carson 6-3, 6-1. In the Flight 8, freshman Robert Williard split his matches, downing Lynchburg's Vincent Oliver 6-2, 6-1 and losing to Randolph's John Coffron 6-0, 6-0.
Horner and Roberts lost just two games in winning Flight 2 doubles, winning both matches by a score of 8-1.
Stokes and Sonet Gandhi were victorious at Flight 3 while Carpenter and Kiser won both matches at Flight 4.