Women’s tennis climbs to 150 wins

The women’s team keeps the NJAC streak alive. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The College’s women’s tennis team soared its way to a 150-game conference win streak on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Richard Stockton College, defeating the Ospreys in a typically convincing fashion while dropping only one set on the day in an 8-1 decision.

The top doubles pairing for the Lions (2-0), sophomore Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and freshman Katie Buchbinder, made quick work of their opponents in a 8-3 win to propel their record to  5-0. The team won all points but the sixth singles spot, boding well ahead of a plethora of matches coming in the next few weeks.

The New Jersey Athletic Conference win keeps the Lions undefeated in conference play, going back more than 30 years, keeping them in good form before a jam-packed weekend, which includes matches with Ramapo College, Rutgers-Newark, William Paterson and Rutgers-Camden.

The women also participated with the men’s tennis team on Saturday and Sunday, hosting the annual Lions’ Fall Tournament versus New York University. The tournament featured a mixture of singles and doubles play over the course of the weekend.

Not only did the tournament feature the tennis teams, but it also brought along some brisk fall weather with it, dropping the morning temperature and providing an ample amount of wind. This weather proceeded through both days of the match-up and forced teams on both sides of the court to make adjustments to their playing styles.

Buchbinder and freshman Anna Prestera both won each of their singles matches for the tournament. Buchbinder managed to bounce back from a first-set loss against her number one opponent to win the final two sets 6-1 and 6-2, earning a win for the match, and made quick work of her second opponent with a pair of victorious 6-2 sets.

Meanwhile, Prestera showed a dominating performance in the tournament, dropping only two games out of her entire four singles sets, winning two of them 6-0 and two of them 6-1. Both Prestera and Buchbinder went on to win doubles sets on the day as well. The women’s team overall won seven singles matches, as well as three doubles sets.

On the men’s side, the charge was led by senior Howard Telson and sophomore Dan Presuto, who went undefeated in singles play for the tournament. Telson and Presuto both made easy work of their opponents, winning all four of their singles matches in only two sets.

Senior Gabe Allen also picked up a major win in singles play during the tournament weekend, playing through an extended game to defeat his opponent in the final set by a score of 11-9. Over the course of the tournament, the men’s team picked up six singles matches and three doubles matches.