ETTRICK, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (8-10) left it all on the court when the team took a heartbreaking 5-2 loss to the Chowan Hawks (17-8) in the semifinal round of the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. After taking a 2-1 lead in doubles play, the Rams suffered four straight losses in singles play to take the heartbreaking season-ending loss and ended the Rams chances of a second straight CIAA championship.
Things looked great early for the Rams when the team took a pair of doubles wins to open play with a 2-1 lead. The effort came after not winning any doubles points from the Hawks during the regular season. The sophomore duo of Joshua Aubrey and Corey Bonnette kicked things off with an 8-3 win at #2 doubles which was followed by an 8-5 win at #1 doubles by junior Jonathan Aubrey and senior Creighton Jones.
The effort was all that the Rams could muster as the team took four singles losses to end the match. Each singles match was fought well to the very end with both teams making highlight reel plays on nearly every point.
With the loss, the Rams finish the season a 8-10 record and a fourth straight trip to the semifinal round of the CIAA Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. For more information on Rams tennis, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.