Tennis opens season strong

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

On Feb. 16, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams opened their seasons against University of Sciences in Philadelphia and both won by a score of 7-2.

The men’s doubles teams dominated. Freshman Matthew Michibata and senior Tim Gavornik finished victorious at 8-1, along with senior Matt Puig and freshman Justin Wain.

Lions’ singles players showed no mercy, as senior Mitchel Sanders and junior Thomas Wright won their matches along with Michibata, Gavornik and Puig taking victories in their matches.

Puig watches the ball before continuing the volley (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

The women had a similar day as they swept all doubles matches. The teams of freshman Liya Davidov and senior Grace Minassian, senior Alyssa Baldi and junior Audrey Chen and freshmen Sarah Phung and Navya Yemula won by scores of 8-1, 8-5 and 8-4 respectively.

Minassian, Baldi, Phung and Chen all achieved victories in singles matches.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the women took on Christian Newport University, winning by a final score of 5-4. In doubles, Davidov and Baldi won 8-5 and Phung and Yemula won 8-4.

The team dominated in the second half of singles with matches won by Chen, Yemula and freshman Julia Yoon.

On Sunday, Feb. 24 the men went up against Swarthmore College and came away with a 5-4 win.

To start off the doubles matches, Wright and Sanders claimed a 8-5 victory and Puig and Wain claimed the win with a 7-4 tiebreak.

Finishing the match in proper fashion, Michibata, Wain and Wright all won their matches and gave the team its tight victory.

The Lions continue their season on the road as they travel to Dickinson College on Saturday, March 2.

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