Lancers set program record for single-season wins in men’s tennis

Published 10:10 am Thursday, April 13, 2017

After the success Longwood University men’s tennis has enjoyed in 2017, it’s only fitting that the Lancers established a new program record for single-season wins on the last day of the regular season in a 4-3 thriller over Big South rival Radford University on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman Noah Petralia’s straight-set 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 in singles play clinched the match for Longwood’s 14th win, breaking the previous program record of 13 set in the 1998-99 season.

Wednesday’s win also broke the program record for single-season winning percentage of .667 when the team went 10-5 overall in the 1994-95 season. This season, the Lancers (14-5) have a percentage of .737.

Longwood had never won a Big South match before this season, during which it went 4-3 against conference foes. Each of the four wins came via a 4-3 score, including road victories over Liberty University, Winthrop University and Radford and a home win over the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The Lancers play in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday at noon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.