Lions tennis goes untouched

The men’s and women’s tennis teams pitched dual shutouts over the weekend, with the men blasting Hobart College 9-0 while the women’s team downed William Smith College by the same score on March 28. It was the fifth straight victory for the male Lions, while the women’s squad improved to 10-2 on the year.

“We didn’t know what to expect to see today. We had played some of the girls at the Regional Tournament but had never had a dual match with them,” freshman Christie Pollin said.

Pollin, who was pulled from her singles match due to illness, won in her No. 2 doubles match with junior Tamra Wroblesky by a score of 8-3.

Junior Jackie Shtemberg continued what has already been an impressive start to the season with a victory over William Smith’s sophomore Melissa Slack by a score of 6-2, 6-2. The win brought the junior to a strong 6-1 mark in singles play this year. Junior Stefanie Haar, who won her match 6-3, 6-3, and Haley Kutner won a back-and-forth match by a score of 6-2, 4-6 (10-2). Singles victories also came for freshman Felice Trinh, senior Lindsay Katzel and Wroblesky.

“We came out strong in doubles which always give us the advantage going into singles and from there on we just dominated,” junior Sarah Roser said.

Domination in doubles is exactly what took place.

The excellent combination of Shtemberg and Trihn continued growing as a team with an 8-4 victory. The tandem of Haley Kutner and Stefanie Haar maintained the Lions’ push, winning their match against Joanie Hilton and Carly Sisson 8-1.

“We were expecting to play hard as we always do and try to come out with a win, which we did,” Pollin said.

The men’s team was equally impressive, blanking Hobart College to improve their record to 6-1.

“I don’t really know what to say,” freshman Dan Lee said. “We beat them pretty badly.”

Junior Jeremy Eckardt and rookie partner Stewart Fernandez won their doubles match against Kevin Kent and Harry King 8-2. The improving team of sophomore captain Jon Yu and Fernandez won their doubles match by a score of 8-1, and freshman Bill Carrig and Lee won their match in a closer fashion with an 8-6 victory.

“We won against a team that has improved a lot from last year, so I have to say as a team we are really on a roll,” Yu said after the team’s win.

Rookie Edgar Shanoyan, who is slowly turning into one of the team’s premier players, notched a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hobart’s Mike Kofman. The win brought Shanoyan’s personal record to 7-0 for the Lions. Lee also won his singles match with a 6-2, 6-0 score. The Lion’s Eckardt, Fernandez and Yu all won their respective matches.

“I’m sure that (the victory) will carry us into next weekend when we have really big matches against MIT and Babson,” Yu said.

The men’s team will play again on Friday, at MIT and Saturday against Babson both in Michigan. The women also will be on their way to Michigan to face Babson on Friday, and Wellesley on Saturday.

The men’s team had a scheduled match against Muhlenberg College on March 26, but it was canceled due to rain. No makeup date has been rescheduled yet.