Even though spring is not yet upon us, the men’s tennis team unofficially began its season hosting an unscored exhibition match against the University of Delaware Blue Hens in the annual Lions’ Spring Kickoff.
The Lions were successful in doubles matchups, taking six out of eight matches. In singles matches the Blue Hens had the edge, winning all eight matches.
“We were very pleased with the way our doubles teams performed,” head coach Scott Dicheck said. “Obviously, our singles matches did not go so well. I do not know whether it was the matchups, but we will sit down and figure things out for next week. I’m optimistic about our competition next week.”
Because Delaware is an NCAA Division I program, the event could not count toward official records or national standings. Both teams used the event to practice in a competitive environment before the actual season began.
The Lions’ first doubles team, consisting of junior Michael Klimchak and sophomore Roger Mosteller, were able to win both of their exhibition matches.
“Roger and I got a chance to work on our doubles formation and gain some confidence going into next week,” Klimchak said.
Klimchak dropped his first singles match later in the exhibition.
“My opponent played with the type of game that gives me a lot of trouble,” Klimchak said. “He keeps a lot of balls low and just did not allow me to get into a groove.”
Splitting their two doubles matchups were sophomore James Vance and freshman Jeremy Eckardt.
“Practice matches are always helpful to work out kinks in your game,” Vance said. “It is helpful to play against Division I competition to fine-tune your game.”
The Lions begin their official scoring season on Saturday at 10 a.m. against St. Lawrence University in the Student Recreation Center.