ST. LOUIS -- Sewanee opened its first NCAA tournament since 2006 with a 5-2 win against Elmhurst on Friday, on the campus of Washington (Mo.).
Despite the convincing score, the match was closer than the final margin reflected. In doubles action, Rand Jackson and Sean Laughlin gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead when the No. 3 pair defeated Quinn Jennings and Vincent McPherson by a score of 8-6.
Elmhurst then tied the match with a tight 8-6 victory at No. 2. However, the Tigers did rally on court No. 1.
Eric Roddy and Alex Cooper topped Alex Harbert and Will Jung by a razor thin margin of 9-8, which gave the Tigers a vital 2-1 lead heading into singles.
In the individual matches, Charles Williamson won a convincing 6-1, 6-3 match at No. 3 against McPherson.
Elmhurst then made the score 3-2 when Jung topped Jackson at No. 2 with a 7-5, 6-2 win.
However, Sewanee rallied back in the final two matches. At No. 3 Roddy outlasted Tanaka in a close 6-4, 7-5 win.
Finally after a strong 6-2 first set win, Laughlin closed out the scores with a 7-5 second-set victory at No. 6 against Chris Harrison.
With the win, Sewanee will now take on No. 2 Whitman on Saturday. The Bears earned a first-round bye.