Teams clean up with trio of sweeps

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams swept their opponents on Sunday. The women took control of the Herons of William Smith College while the men went 9-0 over the Statesmen of Hobart College.

With the wins, the women move to 8-5 on the season while the men improve to 6-3.

The day before the dual sweep, the men’s and women’s teams both earned resounding wins at St. Lawrence University. The women won 7-2 while the men swept their matches in another 9-0 victory.

The men were dominant against the St. Lawrence Saints, earning their second shutout of the year.

“The men’s team is led by our three senior captains (Mike Klimchak, Roger Mosteller and Eric Ferriere),” head coach Scott Dicheck said. “These guys have had a great career and are leading by example.”

Klimchak and Mosteller won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles to improve to 6-3 on the season before defeating their opponents in singles.

Ferriere and sophomore Jeremy Eckardt kept the momentum going at No. 2 doubles, posting another 8-4 victory. Both players also contributed singles wins.

In the No. 3 doubles match, junior James Vance and freshman Jonathan Yu picked up an 8-3 win for the Lions. Yu also notched a win at No. 5 singles to bring his record to an even 7-7 on the season.

Sophomore Jon Glinchman rounded out the Lions’ shutout, winning in two sets at No. 6 singles.

Going 2-for-3 in doubles matches and 5-for-6 in singles, the women were able to turn around a four-match skid.

Senior Christina Contrafatto and sophomore Jackie Shtemberg led the way for the Lions, winning 8-5 in No. 1 doubles. The pair is now 187-8 on the season. Shtemberg also picked up a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while Contrafatto added a win at No. 3 singles.

The College’s No. 3 doubles pair, sophomore Stefanie Haar and junior Haley Kutner, combined for an 8-4 win before both players earned two-set victories in singles.

The women’s team is scheduled to play at home against the Sea Gulls of Salisbury University on Saturday at 10 a.m., while the women will take them on at 1:30 p.m.

The women’s team is slated for a home matchup against the Violets of New York University on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, the contests may be played on outdoor tennis courts for the first time since the Lions returned from California.