The women’s tennis team continued to roll with a 9-0 win over Ramapo College on Sunday. The victory brings the Lions to 2-0 on the year and extends their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) winning streak to 97 matches.
In sweeping all nine matches, the Lions posted seven shutouts, including all three doubles matches. The Lions’ doubles teams have yet to lose a game this season.
At first doubles, sophomores Kristen Klepacki and Jackie Gavornik cruised easily to bring their career record together to
First singles, Klepacki, second singles, Gavornik, third singles, junior Katie D’Amato, fourth singles, freshman Kristen Turturiello, fifth singles, junior Katie Richards, sixth singles and freshman Ayumi Yamazaki, all won handily in straight sets.
Klepacki’s singles victory brought her career singles record to 25-3, while Gavornik improved her career singles mark to 20-6.
Head coach Scott Dichek was impressed but “not surprised” by the women’s second consecutive blowout. “The team has practiced extremely well from day one,” Dichek said.
Once again, Dichek looked to the women’s focus and concentration as their strongest attributes. “The team was focused from the first point to match point,” Dichek said.
Next up for the women is the ITA Regionals at William Smith College from Sept. 26-28.
The tournament will put up the Lions women “against the top players of the region,” Dichek said. “It will be a good test.”
The men’s team started off their season on the right foot with a trio of victories at the Philadelphia Area Tennis Tournament at Haverford College last weekend.
In going 3-0 in the two-day tournament, the Lions captured both the team title and the Team Sportsmanship Award.
The team began the tournament and their dual match season with a 5-2 victory over Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday. The Lions won five of six singles matches to seal the victory.
Freshman Justin Cook, second singles, and sophomore Kenneth Tsui, third singles, led the way with straight set victories.
The men did not have time to celebrate their season opener as they went right back out to play Philadelphia University on Saturday.
They came out strong again on their way to a 6-1 victory. The Lions won all three doubles matches and five of six in singles.
Freshmen Corey Ball, fourth singles, and Michael Ehrlich, sixth singles, each posted 6-0, 6-0 victories.
“We played well, but not great on Saturday,” Dichek said.
Dichek was, however, more pleased on Sunday, when the Lions clinched the team title with a 6-1 win in the championship match over Haverford College. Senior captain Bryan Hanley, first singles, led the Lions with a 7-5, 4-6 (10-5) victory.
“We came into the championship as the underdog,” Dichek said. “Everyone picked up their game another level.”
The Lions were able to win without junior Victor Lai, who had sustained an injury two days before the tournament. Lai, an asset to the team, will be unable to play for the remainder of the fall season.
On Sept. 26-28, the men will participate in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals at Vassar College.