By Josh Kestenbaum
This week, the men’s tennis team finished with a win and a loss as the Lions defeated the Wilkes University Colonels on Monday, April 6, by a score of 9-0 and lost to the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds on Saturday, April 11, with a score of 6-3.
Five of the six singles players who started both matches for the Lions finished the week with a 1-1 record. Sophomore Mike Stanley was the only Lion player to come out of the week with a perfect record, having secured two wins each in singles and doubles. In his singles matches, Stanley only dropped four games over four sets. Stanley and fellow sophomore and doubles partner Jack August won both of their matches at No. 2 doubles, each by scores of 8-6. Freshmen Chris D’Agostino and Sean Fernandez also had two wins in doubles during the week. They defeated their Wilkes opponents with a score of 8-5, and their match with Skidmore ended at 9-7.
The loss to Skidmore ended the team’s eight-game winning streak. The men’s team is now 8-2 on the season. The women’s team experienced similar results, finishing the week with a win and a loss. The women earned a 9-0 victory over Muhlenberg College on Thursday, April 9, but fell to Skidmore College by the same score.
Sophomore Anna Prestera only surrendered one game in her No. 5 singles match versus Muhlenburg and forced her match against Skidmore to three sets, losing a close match with 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.
Freshman Maddy Stoner also had a relatively successful week. Against Muhlenberg, Stoner was victorious, recording a 6-0, 6-2 win. In her match against Skidmore, Stoner was defeated but sent the match to three sets. After winning the first set, 6-4, she lost the second in a close tiebreaker by a score of 9-7. In the third set super-tiebreak, Stoner lost 10-4, but the fight through three sets was impressive enough, even without a win at the end.
“I always tell myself to keep fighting no matter what is happening,” Stoner said. “Because at the end of the day, the win not only means something to me but means something to the team, as well.”
With the loss to Skidmore, the women’s undefeated season came to an end, dropping them to 9-1 overall.
. “Because at the end of the day, the win not only means something to me but means something to the team, as well.”
With the loss to Skidmore, the women’s undefeated season came to an end, dropping them to 9-1 overall. They will be back in action on Wednesday, April 15, against New York University.