Milligan men too much for UVA-Wise

By Matt Hill

JOHNSON CITY -- Joe Westerman enjoyed Saturday's match with UVA-Wise a little bit more than the last time the Milligan College men stepped onto a tennis court.
   The Buffs bounced back from a 9-0 defeat Monday to knock off UVA-Wise 6-3 at the Liberty Bell Tennis Center, a win that put a smile on Westerman's face.
   "VI is a good team," Westerman said. "They're strong all throughout their lineup, so it's always fun to play teams that we can compete with. We had a good time. We played well and it was a beautiful day."
   It was a special victory for Westerman, who will be finishing his tennis career at Milligan soon and will be going into youth ministry.
   Westerman easily won his singles match over Josh Kespelher 6-3, 6-2, and also teamed up with Adam Deiwert for a doubles victory.
   "I've had a good time," Westerman said. "I like to come out here and have fun with it. If we win we win, if we lose we lose, just as long as we're having a good time as a team that's all that matters."
   Milligan's Brock Hughston was also in control on Saturday during his 6-1, 6-3 victory over David Hagy.
   Hughston hopes to continue his success at the AAC Tournament in a week and a half.
   "Any win builds your confidence," Hughston said. "We feel good, and I think we're pretty happy with the way we played. Hopefully, we can repeat that."
   Patrick Mitchell and Joe Dyer also ended up in the win column for Milligan. Mitchell knocked off Russell Street 6-1, 6-3, while Dyer knocked off Matt Carter 6-3, 6-1.
   Milligan also won two of the three doubles matches to start off the morning.
   Overall, Milligan head coach Rich Aubrey was real pleased with the way his team played.
   "When we beat them up there, it came down to the very end and we had to pull out a three setter," Aubrey said. "I felt like today one of the things we wanted to do was win at least two of the three doubles, which we did. We played very well in the singles as well, so I'm very pleased with the way we played today."
   The Lady Buffs weren't as fortunate, losing 5-4 to the Lady Cavaliers.
   Milligan won all three doubles matches, but the only singles win it could muster was at No. 1 by Cassie Lomison. Lomison easily defeated Jessica Bruce 6-3, 6-1.
   I was just mentally focusing on my feet," Lomison said. "When my feet get moving, everything else pretty much comes together. But I did feel like I played pretty well."
   Despite the defeat overall by the Lady Buffs on Saturday, Lomison still feels good about how Milligan is playing right now.
   "Our team is playing pretty well," Lomison said. "I'm pretty impressed with our team. Hopefully, we can give people a run for their money."