Richmonders Lead Their Teams to Conference Titles
By John Packett
RTA Contributing Writer
A final look at the college scene and the local players who contributed to their schools’ success this spring:
Tyler Carey and Evan Charles, two Richmonders who starred for different high school teams, pooled their talents to lead Mary Washington to its 15th straight Capital Athletic Conference men’s tennis championship on April 27 in Fredericksburg.
Carey, who played for Cosby, was victorious at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while Charles, a former Deep Run standout, won his matches at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles. The Eagles routed Salisbury 8-1 in the process.
UMW, ranked 25th in Division III, is 14-10 with a May 4 date at Washington and Lee remaining on its schedule.
Former Mills Godwin ace Michael Holt was one of the reasons Washington and Lee captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference crown for the fourth consecutive season, blanking Bridgewater 5-0 on April 28 in Virginia Beach.
Holt, a freshman, won his doubles match at No. 1 as the Generals (17-5) took an early lead and never looked back.
Ex-St. Catherine’s star Anne Garland helped the University of the South claim the first-ever Southern Athletic Association women’s title with a 5-0 blanking of Berry on April 28 at Sewanee, Tenn., home of the 15th-ranked Tigers.
Garland, a senior, registered victories at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles for Sewanee, which is 18-5.
C.J. Williams, a senior from St. Christopher’s, scored singles and doubles wins to help Kenyon College claim its seventh straight North Coast Athletic Conference championship on April 28 with a 5-1 triumph over DePauw in Oberlin, Ohio.
Williams won his doubles match at No.2 before rolling to victory at No. 4 singles to help clinch the match. Kenyon is 23-3 and ranked second in Division III. The Lords will try to go one step further in the NCAA tournament, after finishing as the runners-up last year.
Rollins College completed its season with a 16-6 record and No. 12 national ranking in Division II. Former St. Catherine’s standout Callie Whitlock played No. 4 singles for the Tars, who lost in the first round of the NCAA South Region tournament to No. 8 Lynn 5-2.
Former Collegiate star Max Schnur helped the Lions wrap up their regular season with a pair of 4-3 victories. Schnur captured both singles and doubles victories against Penn, then scored a key singles win at No. 4 as Columbia overcame a 3-1 deficit vs. Princeton.
The Lions (15-7) finished the campaign tied for second in the Ivy League and were a longshot to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. Schnur went 13-6 in singles (10-5 at No. 4) and teamed with Ashok Narayana to go 14-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Emily Hahn, who played one year at Douglas Freeman before moving to Florida to improve her game, ended the spring with a 12-6 dual record playing singles at Nos. 5 and 6 for the Princeton Tigers. She was 6-1 in Ivy League play. Princeton was 12-7 overall.
Hunter Koontz, a sophomore out of Deep Run, won his doubles match but lost in singles as Virginia Tech was ousted by Wake Forest 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on April 26 in Cary, N.C.
Koontz played mostly No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Hokies, who finished their season at 15-9.
Midlothian’s Kim Morrissett battled to the end but her three-set loss at No. 1 singles enabled Methodist to squeak out a 5-4 decision over Christopher Newport in the USA South women’s title match on April 14 in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Morrissett, a senior, was earlier named the conference player of the week and is the Captains’ all-time wins leader.