Tennis falls to D-I ’Nova

The men’s tennis team suffered a shutout loss at Villanova University on Saturday, challenging for several singles points but ultimately dropping to 5-3 ahead of a busy weekend.

The Lions took a 9-0 loss on Sat. (Ashley Long / Photo Editor)

The Lions will look to use the defeat at Villanova, which is 4-8 in Division I this season, as a learning experience to help them grow on the court.

“The team knew going in to the match with Villanova that we would have some close competitive matches and some that weren’t so close. We knew that they were a talented division I team and that we would have a tough time pulling off a win,” junior T.J. Riley said. “But we also knew that it was good competition that in the long run will make all of us better tennis players. Even though we lost big we were aware of what the possibilities were for the match, and we still had a good time playing a tough Division I opponent.”

Senior Steven Fernandez (second singles position), junior Marc Nichols (third) and senior Stewart Fernandez (fifth) managed to take their opponents to three sets, with Nichols just barely being outlasted in a 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-6), 16-14 result.

After playing Drew University on Tuesday, the men’s team is next in action when it hosts Salisbury College and Washington College this weekend. The women’s team will play SUNY and Salisbury back-to-back on Saturday.