May 8, 2009

Courtesy of Transylvania

ATLANTA, Ga. – Hampden-Sydney won all three contested singles contests Friday and swept past Transylvania 5-1 in the opening match of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Regional tournament at Emory University.

The Pioneers (17-4) were making their third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance after capturing the Heartland Conference's automatic bid by winning the league's tournament last weekend. Hampden-Sydney, members of the Old Dominion Conference, improved to 14-5 with the win.

Hampden-Sydney will meet Emory (16-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Mary Washington facing North Carolina Wesleyan in the other regional semifinal.

In doubles play, Transy's No. 1 team of Will Palmer and Kyle Clayton lost to Will Moss and Rich Pugh, 8-1. Lee Gammons and Keith Henderson took an 8-2 win over Shad Harrell and Kevin Calhoun at No. 2 doubles and Hampden-Sydney took a 2-1 lead in the match when it won the No. 3 doubles match.

Transy's Dalton Main and Joseph Glass were edged 9-7 by Phil Parrish and Tal Covington.

In No. 1 singles, Will Palmer lost to Will Moss 6-4, 6-1. Clayton lost to Calhoun in the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-2. Hampden-Sydney's final point came at No. 6 singles, where Transy's Trevor Scott lost to Parrish, 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 2, No. 3, and No. 5 singles matches were suspended when Hampden-Sydney clinched the match.

The regional final is set for Sunday at noon. The winner of the regional tournaments will advance to the NCAA Championships with quarterfinal round action beginning on May 19.  Claremont-Mudd Scripps will serve as the host of the Championships.