By Miguel Gonzalez
While a chilly breeze carried through the hollow campus, the men’s tennis team kept their rackets hot at the Student Recreation Center. The Lions captured their third straight victory against Goucher College, 8-1, on March 9.
The team swept Goucher at the doubles competition. Junior Mitchel Sanders and senior Chris D’Agostino fought to overcome Goucher freshman Tetsuya Ota and senior Jack Hodges, 8-5.
Juniors Matt Puig and Omar Bokhari followed up with an 8-4 victory over Goucher sophomores Frankie Mullinix and Slade Dumas.
Junior Tim Gavornik and sophomore Gokul Murugesan then topped off Goucher by defeating juniors Elliot Diehl and Josiah Meekins.
At the singles, the Lions continued their dominance and only dropped one match. Sanders topped Ota in two consecutive 6-2 decisions. Gavornik outperformed Goucher sophomore Frankie Mullinix with 6-2 and 4-0 decisions.
The Lions’ sole loss came at the hands of junior Achyuth Balijepalle in his matchup against Dumas. After splitting both sets, Dumas defeated Balijepalle in a final 10-5 decision.
The team then swept the next two matches with victories from Murugesan and D’Agostino.
On Saturday, March 24, the Lions head to Lawrenceville, New Jersey for a meet against local rival Rider University at noon. The team then returns to the Rec. Center to battle out Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sunday, March 25 at 11 a.m.