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Tennis Comes Up Short Against Eastern Mennonite

Check out this recap of Thursday’s tennis match against BRAC conference opponent, Eastern Mennonite, as the Tigers fell 7-2 to even their record at 1-1 on the season.

The Hargrave Tigers were dazzled by the Eastern Mennonite Flames at the Landon Tennis Center in Chatham, VA.  The Tigers finished the singles phase of the match down 2-4 but with the possibility to earn 3 team points in the doubles phase.  The EMS squad proved to be too much and slammed the door across the three doubles matches to leave the Tigers at 2-7 and 1-1 in BRAC play.

Brady Ball (Sophomore, Raleigh, NC) continued to roll with an exciting 8-4 win to move to 2-0 at the #2 singles position.

Isaac Wadsworth (Freshman, San Antonio, FL) apparently recovered sufficiently from last weekend’s Monster Race (equivalent to a 26.2 mi marathon) to post a 8-2 win to open his 2023 season in the #3 singles position.

Jack Pittman (Sophomore,Carmel, IN) struggled with his serve and was chasing his topspin strokes all afternoon, but worked back from a 1-6 deficit before succumbing against an equally determined opponent, 4-8.

Summary of Individual Match Scores:


#1 – Jack Pittman v Alex Cline  L 4-8

#2 – Brady Ball v Pranav Menon   W 8-4

#3 – Isaac Wadsworth v Oliver Early W 8-2

#4 – Patrick Souza v Hostetter L 0-8

#5 – Josh McGrail v Tyler Mast L 0-8 

#6 – Tahir Thomas v Gabe Stultfus L 1-8


#1 – Pittman and Wadsworth vs Cline and Early L 2-8*

#2 – Ball and Souza v Menon and Hostetter L 2-8*

#3 – Lu and Carson Pan v Mast and Stultfus L 1-8

* score unconfirmed

Behind the scoreboard victories:

Hargrave Man of the Match recognition goes to Isaac Wadsworth and his personification of the call to “Be More”  and demonstrating our Core Value of Excellence (a persistent commitment to developing a talent, skill, or result surpasses “ordinary” standards).

Thomas Whitmire showed impressive grit in a marathon singles exhibition match that ended at 5-6 due to time constraints.  Joining in the fun with exhibition singles play were Shiloh Saunders (discovered his serve under the pressure of competition), David Mathurin (coming to grips with his instinct to attack and the need to mindful of his court position), Kaleb Thomas (being true to his aggressive self vs listening too much to his conversative self), and Alex Vorontsov (any day is a great day for tennis).