ATLANTA, Ga. -- No. 21 Washington and Lee fell to 23rd-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan 5-3 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis tournament on Thursday at Emory University.

The Generals claimed a 2-1 lead following doubles competition as the No. 1 tandem of sophomore Taylor Shamshiri and Michael Holt posted an 8-6 win against Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak, and the No. 2 team of Hayden White and Christopher Hu notched a 9-8 (7-3) victory against Peter Hviid and Mikhail Konnov. North Carolina Wesleyan got a win at No. 3 doubles as Johan Ljungdahl and Marcus Pola defeated Brian Krouskos and John Kirby 8-5.

W&L managed just one win in singles, as Hu beat Peter Hviid 6-3, 6-3. North Carolina Wesleyan got wins from Kjellberg against White 6-4, 6-3; Prostak against Shamshiri 6-1, 6-2; Konnov against Krouskos 6-2, 6-4; and Pola against Vincent Kim 6-4, 6-1, to close out the match.

With the loss, the Generals ended their season at 18-6 overall. North Carolina Wesleyan improved to 15-9 and advances to play Emory in the second round.

Several individuals will continue play at the NCAA singles and doubles championships held at Kalamazoo College on May 23-25. White will compete in singles, while Shamshiri and Holt will participate in the doubles competition.

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