(CANTON, Ohio) – In the spring semester opener, Walsh blanked future conference rival Davis & Elkins 9-0 at the Hall of Fame Courts on Friday. The Cavaliers improved to 6-1 on the year despite not having a match since mid-October. The Senators fell to 0-2 on their short season thus far.
Both teams will be members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference next season. The Senators are original members while the Cavaliers will join the G-MAC starting with the 2017-18 season.
The closest matches came in doubles action were Walsh started the day by sweeping Davis & Elkins, but not without a pair of 9-7 close decisions. Ross Whittaker and Felix Zimmerman took down Tare Mariga and Ivan Bonderanko at the top spot by that score. The other came at third doubles as Jonah Carter and Tim Bruin paired up to defeat Jack Clifton and Tristram Spitsnaugle by the same score.
Vasily Vidmanov and Rodrigo provided the other points at second doubles with an 8-2 victory over Samuel Vallieres and Matthew Alexander. Vidmanov ended up perfect on the day as he had little trouble with Mariga at first singles with 6-2, 6-0 set wins.
Whittaker scored a 6-2, 6-4 win over Bonderanko at second singles and Zimmerman defeated Clifton 7-5, 6-0 at third singles. Rodrigo Garcia won his first set 6-4 before his opponent Vallieres retired in the fourth singles pairing, and Heitor Adegas recorded a clean sheet against Alexander with a pair of 6-0 sets at fifth singles. Carter kept the shutout in tact with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Spitsnaugle at sixth singles.
The Cavs will return to action next week as they take on Carnegie Mellon in the Steel City on Saturday.