BRIDGEWATER, Va. - In a battle for second place in the ODAC, Bridgewater College defeated Emory & Henry, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon to take a one-game lead over the Wasps in the conference standings.
The Eagles came up big in doubles play to take a 3-0 after three tough matches.
Christian Lynn and Mike Cable took an 8-5 victory over James Keighley and Webster Gilley at No. 2 doubles while Peter Hawkins and Sam Churchill stopped Alex Minasyan and Zach Eccher 8-4 in the third doubles contest.
The Eagles won five of the six singles matches in tightly contested action. Four of the six matches went to a third set.
At the top of the ladder, Hawkins lost the first set to Keighley 6-4, but Bridgewater's No. 1 bounced back and won the next two sets 6-0 and 6-1.
Larsen won his match in straight sets over Minasyan 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, but Evan Stack needed three sets to win at No. 3 singles. Stack lost the opening set to Matt Nelson 6-3, but rallied to win the match by taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 4, Bridgewater's Christian Lynn edged Henderson, Lynn took the first set 6-2, but lost the second set 7-5. The two played a tiebreaker to decide the match with Lynn winning 10-5.
Churchill won his match at No. 6 in straight sets as he defeated Eccher 6-4, 6-4.
E&H picked up its lone point at No. 5 singles where Gilley rallied to defeat Cable. Cable took the opening set 6-2, but Gilley stayed alive by winning the second set, 7-6. Gilley then won the tiebreaker that decided the match, 10-4.
Bridgewater is now 11-7 overall and 8-1 in the ODAC. E&H drops to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the conference.