The UVa-Wise men’s tennis team entered Saturday’s match versus Belmont Abbey outmanned, for the Cavs’ had only four players and had to default the No. 3 doubles and No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
The 3-0 starting deficit proved to be too much for the Cavaliers to handle as the Crusaders cruised to an 8-1 victory.
The Cavs’ lone victory of the day came in the top singles spot when junior Andrii Rutnytskyi (Odessa, Ukraine) defeated Belmont Abbey’s Eduardo Escobar, 6-1, 6-7 (8-10), 1-0 (10-8).
In the second spot, Belmont Abbey’s Nikhil Reddy defeated junior Viktor Tunnikov (Kharkiv, Ukraine), 6-2, 6-4, while Blaise Waters earned the Crusaders another victory in the third spot by defeating junior Christopher Armistead (Virginia Beach, Va.), 6-3, 6-0. Belmont Abbey also claimed a victory in the fourth spot, as Chip Moore defeated Noah Aldridge (Pennington Gap, Va.), 6-2, 6-1.
Belmont Abbey won both doubles matches of the day with scores of 8-2, where Grant Goldin and Jacob Andress defeated Rutnytskyi and Tunnikov at the top spot and Tomas Pardo and Michael Rapsik defeated Armistead and Aldridge at the second spot.
The loss capped of the fall non-conference portion of the schedule for the Cavaliers,and will begin their spring championship season on Saturday, February 18 with a home match against Salem International University.