VALLEY, Ala – The Point University men's tennis team ended their inaugural regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Tuskegee University Tigers, 5-0 and then 9-0.
In the initial match, doubles started out with some tough matches. The Tigers were growling as they led on all three courts early, but Point broke right back to take courts two and three and dominated those easily after those first few minutes, winning each by the score of 8-2. Court one though went right down to the end as Rafa Hewett (Lewiston, Id – FR) and Andrew Hays (Auburn, Ala – SO) fought off Oshane Trail and Andrew Knight in a tough tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2). Hewett was bombing big serves and Hays nailed a couple giant return winners to hammer the match home.
In singles, Hays and Hewett were the clutch guys as well in this match being played to decision (5). Hayes pounded away on Reginald Richardson at line four winning 6-0, 6-1 then Rafa quickly finished off Knight at line one; 6-2, 6-2.
The second match of the afternoon against the Tigers started evenly, but the Skyhawks quickly gained an advantage thanks to strong doubles play. Ben Markowski (El Paso, Tex – SO) and Alonso Trevizo (El Paso, Tex – FR) paired to pop Jos eph Messem and Jarrett Battain's balloon 8-2. Hewett and Hays played another tough match at one against Knight and Trail that looked very much like the match earlier. It went to another tie-breaker, just this time the Skyhawks waited two points longer to win it 9-8 (7-4).
That moment carried the Skyhawks to sweep the singles, as former 2-star player, Zach Sheeler (Thomasville, Ga – FR) eliminated Battain fast on court four, 6-0, 6-0. Daniel Blanchard (Peachtree City, Ga – FR) then locked up the team victory with his 6-1, 6-0 trouncing of Messam on court three.
The Skyhawks (13-11) will go to Valdosta, Georgia this Saturday (4/19) to play in the NCCAA Regional Championship match against Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Tennis Match Results
Feb 18, 2014 at Tuskegee, AL – 11AM
POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN 5, TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY - MEN 0
1. Rafa Hewett (POI-M) def. Andrew Knight (TUSK-M) 6-2, 6-2
2. Oshane Trail (TUSK-M) vs. Daniel Blanchard (POI-M) 6-2, 1-6, 0-3, unfinished
3. Joseph Messam (TUSK-M) vs. Zach Sheeler (POI-M) 3-6, 1-4, unfinished
4. Andrew Hays (POI-M) def. Reginald Richardson (TUSK-M) 6-0, 6-1
5. Jarrett Battain (TUSK-M) vs. Alonso Trevizo (POI-M) 1-6, 0-3, unfinished
6. Alante Carter (TUSK-M) vs. Anthony Tucker (POI-M) 2-5, unfinished
POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN 3-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,1)
Match was stopped by rain and finished on 4/16 at Point University prior to
second matches beginning.
Tennis Match Results
Apr 16, 2014 at Valley, AL – 1PM
POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN 9, TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY - MEN 0
1. Rafa Hewett (POI-M) def. Andrew Knight (TUSK-M) 6-1, 6-1
2. Ben Markowski (POI-M) def. Oshane Trail (TUSK-M) 6-0, 6-0
3. Daniel Blanchard (POI-M) def. Joseph Messam (TUSK-M) 6-1, 6-0
4. Zach Sheeler (POI-M) def. Jarrett Battain (TUSK-M) 6-0, 6-0
5.Andrew Hays (POI-M) def. Alante Carter (TUSK-M) 6-2, 6-0
6. Alonso Trevizo (POI-M) def. No player (TUSK-M), by default
POINT UNIVERSITY - MEN 13-11, 1-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,2)