By Josh Kestenbaum
The College’s tennis teams continued their successes this week with victories by the men over New York University and Drew University and by the women over Swarthmore College.
The men’s team finished with scores of 6-3 and 9-0 against NYU and Drew, respectively. At No. 1 doubles in both matches, juniors Pierce Cooper and Billy Buchbinder were undefeated, beating NYU 8-3 and Drew 8-0. Against NYU at No. 2 doubles, sophomores Jack August and Mike Stanley won by a score of 8-3. Then, against Drew at No. 3, senior Ezra Klemow and sophomore Jason Prezant were victorious with a score of 8-0.
In the singles portions of both matches, the Lions came out on top. Cooper was once again undefeated through both matches despite losing the first set against NYU.
“I just played a few more balls,” said Cooper, discussing how he got back into the match against NYU. “(My opponent) started missing a little bit more, and I got the hang of it.”
No. 3 singles player, freshman Chris D’Agostino was also undefeated, posting a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win against NYU and 6-2, 6-1 against Drew. Fellow freshman Sean Fernandez didn’t lose a single game on his way to victory, finishing 6-0, 6-0. Junior Marc Friedland and Prezant each shutout their opponents to complete the shutout of Drew, while Stanley clinched the win against NYU with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles.
The men are now 7-1 this season with their fifth and sixth straight wins. They will be back on the court on Monday, April 6, against Wilkes University.
On Friday, April 3, the women’s team faced off against Swarthmore College and came away with an impressive shutout, finishing 9-0. The Lions swept the doubles round, coming away with three wins while only giving up six total games. Juniors Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen were victorious at No. 1 singles by a score of 8-4. At No. 2, freshmen Brittany Reedman and Maddy Stoner completed a shutout of their opponents, finishing 8-0. Finally, at No. 3, sophomores Anna Prestera and Katie Buchbinder fought to an 8-2 victory to complete the doubles sweep.
In the singles round, the Lions did not surrender a set in any of the six matches. Muniz-Cadorette won with a score of 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1; Reedman won by a score of 6-1, 6-3 at number-two; and Allen was victorious with a score of 6-1, 6-0. At Nos. 5 and 6, Buchbinder won 6-2, 6-0, and Stoner came away with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Playing in the No. 6 spot, Prestera held off a late second set push by her opponent to finish the match sweep with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
With this win, the women extend their undefeated season, improving to 8-0. They will be back in action on Thursday, April 9, when they host Muhlenberg College.