Tennis shuts out Dickinson at home

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

Yemula takes her stance in a doubles match (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

On Saturday, March 2, the men’s and women’s tennis teams battled Dickinson College at home and shut out their respective opponents.

The next day, the men’s team took on Franklin and Marshall College at home, shutting out its opponent as well.

The men’s team shut out Dickinson 9-0, winning each singles and doubles match for the day. Freshman Matthew Michibata and senior Tim Gavornik started doubles off strong with an 8-4 win. Junior Thomas Wright and senior Mitchel Sanders followed with a win of the same score.

The team of senior Matt Puig and junior Gokul Murugesan won its doubles match 8-2.

Sanders and Wright both won their singles match in two out of three sets, while Gavornik, Puig, freshman Mikhael Kadyrkaev and freshman Nikola Kilibarda all won their matches in two sets. The women also shutout Dickinson 9-0, sweeping all their matches as well. The team of freshmen Liya Davidov and Alyssa Baldi won its doubles match 8-1.

Freshmen Sarah Phung and Navya Yemula topped their opponents 8-5, while freshmen Ally Yan and Amy Yan won 8-6. Davidov, Baldi, Phung and Yemula all helped sweep the singles matches in two sets.

Freshman Julia Yoon and junior Audrey Chen all also contributed to singles wins with uncontested victories after the first two matches.

On Sunday, March 3, the men defeated Franklin and Marshall, shutting their opponents out by a score of 8-0. Doubles teams of Puig and Murugesan and Wright and Sanders both defeated their opponents 8-4. Michibata and Gavornik came out victorious by a score of 8-5.

Sanders, Gavornik, Puig and Wright all swept their matches in two sets and Michibata won his in two out of three matches.

Both teams are now undefeated, with the men improving to 4-0 on the spring season and the women to 3-0. The Lions return to the court on Saturday, March 9 when they travel to Salisbury University.

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