Sports Quick Hits

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Tennis
The Hampden-Sydney tennis team has started off their season slowly but it gearing up for a strong rally.  The team has started off slowly most likely due to youth and inexperience of the players.  There are six freshman on the team this year and one of them, Houston Wilson, commented “we have a young team and are coming together each and every day.”  That is good news for the future of the tennis team because after their first five games they had a record of (1-4).  Houston seems confident that they will mount a rally and come back with a big win against Randolph Macon on April 10th.  That 1-4 record includes an 8-1 victory over Randolph as well as losses to Emory & Henry (9-0) and Roanoke (6-3), giving the tennis Tigers a 1-2 record so far in this young season.  This Saturday is quite possibly their biggest match of the season as they travel to Lexington to take on ODAC powerhouse and reigning conference champions Washington and Lee.

Golf
The Hampden-Sydney golf team is looking to finish the last part of their season strongly.  Thus far in the season they are averaging about third or fourth place in all the tournaments they have played, having placed in a tie for fourth at the Pine Needles Invitational and third in the Jekyll Island Collegiate.   Leading the Tigers, as he did last year, is junior Rick O’Connell.  O’Connell finished ninth individually at the Pine Needles to open his 2013 campaign.  O’Connell looks to return to the NCAA Division III Golf Championships, which he qualified for last year as an individual.  A rising star for the golf Tigers is sophomore George Whiting, who led the Tigers at Jekyll Island with a seventh place individual finish.

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