By Josh Kestenbaum
Both of the College’s tennis teams had successful weeks with each winning both of their matches. The men and women both defeated Ithaca College while the women added a victory over New York University and the men overcame Muhlenberg College.
Against Ithaca and Muhlenberg, the men only surrendered one match in their 8-1 and 9-0 victories, respectively. In addition to the impressive play, one Lion reached an impressive milestone against Muhlenberg. Junior Pierce Cooper, playing both No. 1 singles and doubles in the match, earned his 99th and 100th career collegiate individual victories. In the doubles match, Cooper and junior Billy Buchbinder doubled up their Muhlenberg opponents, 8-4. Then, in the singles round, Cooper shut out his opponent, grabbing his 100th win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Also claiming a successful week, sophomore Jack August completed two individual match shutouts between his Ithaca and Muhlenberg opponents. Against Ithaca, August won his No. 2 singles match by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Then, against Muhlenberg, August and doubles partner sophomore Mike Stanley shut out their No. 2 doubles opponents 8-0.
These two wins bump the Lions’ record up to 10-2 and got them back to their winning ways. They will play again on Wednesday, April 22, against Stevens Institute of Technology, which will be their final regular season match.
The women’s team had two relatively close matches this week, defeating Ithaca, 7-2, and doubling up NYU, 6-3.
Against Ithaca, junior Victoria Michels, along with junior Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette, lost the No. 1 doubles match by a score of 8-1. However, in the singles portion of the match, Muniz-Cadorette shook off the doubles loss and a losing first set of 4-6 to emerge victorious, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“Having a doubles loss only means that now we get one more chance to win a point for the team,” Muniz-Cadorette said. “We will work even harder than in doubles to be able to claim a point for the team.”
Across the two matches, freshman Maddy Stoner and Brittany Reedman each recorded 4-0 records between doubles and singles. The two teamed up in both matches to play No. 2 doubles and earned a win for the College in both of them. Individually, Reedman and Stoner only surrendered nine games over their two matches and four sets on their way to their singles victories.
With these wins, the women’s team improved to 11-1 on the season and are undefeated in eight matches at home. The women will return to the courts on Sunday, April 26, and will face St. Lawrence University.
. “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.