Four Tigers earn VaSID all-state tennis honors

Published 3:09 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) highlighted a season of outstanding success for Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) tennis team by honoring four Tiger players across five all-state selections, including two selections on the VaSID All-State First Team.

Sophomore Matthew Moody made the first team as a singles player and as a doubles player. He earned the doubles honor with his identical twin brother, sophomore Michael Moody.

Making the second team as singles players were sophomores Grayson Burns and Clark Cummings. They also made the second team as a doubles team.

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Reflecting on his team’s VaSID all-state selections, Tigers Head Coach Robert Bareford said, “It was awesome. … I guess we had the second-most or tied for the second-most in the entire state, so, it was just huge, really awesome.”

He was particularly happy for Cummings, “because he didn’t even make all-conference, which is a little snub, because he actually had the best record in the entire conference from any player from any team.”

As cited in a H-SC Athletics press release, Matthew Moody posted a 15-5 mark in dual matches while going 8-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition this past season. He has won nine of his last 11 matches that were played to completion. Four of his five losses came to either a Division I, Division II or a No. 5 regionally ranked Division III player.

“He had a stellar season at No. 1 singles for us,” Bareford said.

School officials in the release noted that the Moody twins form one of the best doubles teams in the region, having gone 20-2 in dual matches with a 9-1 mark in ODAC play. They went 3-0 against the other All-ODAC No. 1 pairings and have posted a 36-4 overall record and a 19-1 ODAC record in dual matches over their two-year career.

“Last year, they went undefeated in the entire conference which was unreal,” Bareford said. “Then this past season, they pretty much had the same success except dropping their match to (Washington & Lee University) both times.”