Men’s Tennis Team Left It on the Court in ODAC Quarterfinal

Daniel Christian follows through on a tennis shot
Daniel Christian playing tennis. Image from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/mten/2020-21/releases/20210502p4u2wp

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     On May 2, 2021, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Tennis Team was defeated by the Roanoke Maroons in the ODAC quarterfinal. 

     Despite the loss in the quarterfinal, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Tennis Team enjoyed a successful season. Colton Mullins, a captain, talked about the highlights of this season, stating, “Our best win was against Hampden Sydney because this is a rivalry that we have not won in many years.” 

     Daniel Christian, a senior and captain, wanted to give credit to his coaches and teammates for the successful season. He said, “All credit goes to my teammates, Coach Johnson, and Coach Randall. Our coaches practice with us and get us to where we need to be. Also, my teammates have all done their part to ensure we not only made the first round of the ODAC tournament, but also were able to host it.” 

     Christian continued, “Heading into the ODAC quarterfinal, we were just focused on the maroons. We did not look at anything on the outside. We had a game-by-game approach which meant all we cared about was beating Roanoke College. Roanoke is a fantastic team that has a lot of fantastic players. We were definitely excited to have another shot at beating them. It was a great match.” 

     Christian concluded by explaining the significance of the losses to Roanoke, stating, “I would say the losses to Roanoke were big learning lessons because we failed to protect our home court against our rival. With that being said, I just want to say how proud I am of everyone for believing in themselves and having a positive mentality throughout the season.” 

     Mullins expressed how much hosting a tournament game meant to him. “Hosting a tournament game mattered tremendously to us because my teammates and I have never been able to host a tournament game before,” he said. “I am just proud that everyone left it out on the court.” 

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