Men’s tennis wins out in double header

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Virginia freshman Matthew Lord picked up four points for the Cavaliers in their double-header on Sunday.

Callie Collins | Cavalier Daily

On Sunday, the Virginia men’s tennis team beat both Liberty and Monmouth. It was an incredible show of endurance by the young team, and one of its most dominating performances of the season so far. Freshman Matthew Lord distinguished himself, winning four points for the Cavaliers (5-3) after a frustrating start to the season. 

In the first match of the day, the Cavaliers outlasted the Hawks (1-5) 4-2. Virginia took the doubles point after just two matches, with freshmen Ammar Alhaqbani and Lord winning 6-0 on the number three court and junior Aswin Lizen and freshman Gianni Ross winning 6-2 on the number two. In singles, however, Monmouth proved to be more of a challenge. Both Alhaqbani and freshman Jerome Romualdez quickly dropped their matches, the Cavaliers were tied 2-2 with the Hawks. However, wins from Ross, Lizen, and Lord buoyed the Cavaliers, allowing them to cruise to a 4-2 victory over Monmouth.

Almost immediately after the first match, Virginia began doubles play against the Flames (3-5). The doubles point proved harder to take this time, with Lord and Alhaqbani winning the number three court 7-6(5) to seal it for the Cavaliers. On the singles courts, Virginia exposed Liberty’s lack of depth and quickly won on courts three through six. On court one, sophomore Carl Soderlund had to retire after losing his first set 6-7(3) to Liberty senior Sam Matheson. On court two, Lizen defeated sophomore Chase Burton after losing his first set 4-6. Lizen’s comeback increased the Cavaliers’ winning margin to 6-1. 

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