Lions fend off Fords, blow past Violets at home

The men’s and women’s tennis teams had productive weeks this past week. The teams had three big wins between them, two of which belonged to the women’s team against Haverford College on April 16, and New York University on April 18. The men’s team posted a victory in their only match of the week, defeating Haverford College on April 16. The women’s team improved to a 14-3 record on the season, and the men’s team is now 10-2 overall.

With the Lions’ 8-1 victory Thursday against Haverford, the College moved to a No. 23 national ranking and No. 7 regional ranking. The loss brought the Haverford Fords to an even 6-6 record on the season.

The women’s team continued to play well in doubles. Junior Jackie Shtemberg and freshman partner Christie Pollin won a fairly easy first doubles matchup against Haverford’s sophomore Katie Wettick and junior Karen Lavi 8-3. Second doubles junior Sarah Roser and freshman teammate Felice Trinh were winners by a score of 8-2 against sophomore Katherine Drooyan and sophomore Helen Fisun. Finishing doubles for the Lions were junior Tamra Wroblesky and freshman Emily Petersack, who won their match 8-3.

Singles competition proved just as strong for the Lions, with the College winning five of their six matches. Shtemberg led the way for her team, winning her match 6-0, 6-3. Senior Haley Kutner and juniors Stefanie Haar, Tamra Wroblesky and Sarah Roser all came out victorious on the day.

The women’s team faced NYU at home on Saturday. The College came away with an impressive 7-2 win over a tough team. Kutner and Wroblesky shut out their opponents 8-0. The tandems of Sarah Roser and Christie Pollin, as well as Shtemberg and Haar, both won their doubles matches. The College also played well in singles competition. Shtemberg, Haar and senior Lindsay Katzel all came out strong on the day with victories. Tamra Wroblesky fought in a tough matchup against NYU’s sophomore Lena-Sophie Krups but eventually lost 7-6, 7-4, 7-5 (10-6).

The men’s tennis team picked up their fourth consecutive victory in Pa. against a very tough Fords team. With the strong performance, the men are now regionally ranked No. 10. Haverford is now 11-2 and regionally ranked eighth.

Doubles competition was flawless on the day, as all three teams played well. Junior Captain Jeremy Eckardt along with freshman sensation Edgar Shanoyan won, despite a hard effort from their opponents, 9-7 in first doubles. Freshmen Dan Lee and Bill Carrig won an even closer matchup against freshman Will Garrett and senior Marc Rudolph 9-8 (7-5). Freshman Steve Fernandez, and sophomore Jonathan Yu also were winners.

Jeremy Eckardt defeated senior Alex Buxbaum easily in first singles 6-3, 6-1. Edgar Shanoyan also played strongly in a tough match winning 6-1, 0-6, 7-6, 7-3.

Both tennis teams compete April 22 against Stevens Institute of Technology at home.