Tennis sweeps Ithaca, falls to N.C. Wesleyan

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s tennis teams had a busy weekend, taking on Ithaca College on Saturday, April 6 and North Carolina Wesleyan College on Sunday, April 7.

On the first day, both teams faced Ithaca College and won their matches by final scores of 8-1.

Michibata and Gavornik swept both their doubles matches (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

The men’s team started strong, sweeping all doubles matches by landslide scores. Leading off for the Lions, the team of freshman Matthew Michibata and senior Tim Gavornik won by a score of 8-1. Senior Mitchel Sanders and junior Thomas Wright won 8-2 and senior Matt Puig and sophomore Andrew Mok came out on top 8-5 to close out doubles matches.

In the singles play, the College won five out of six matches with the majority being won in two sets. Sanders topped his opponent in two sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Michibata followed by winning in three sets with the final one being 10-6.

Freshman Justin Wain took his match in two sets, 6-1 and 6-0. Puig also won his match in two sets, both of them 6-1. Wright closed out the match with a win in two sets, 6-0 and 6-2.

The women’s team started strong as well, winning two out of three of their doubles matches. Freshmen Liya Davidov and Katrine Luddy took their match 8-4, followed by seniors Grace Minassian and Alyssa Baldi winning 8-1.

The team then went on to sweep all its singles matches in two sets. Davidov took her match 6-4 and 6-0, followed by Minassian winning by opponent retirement. Baldi won 6-2 and 6-3, junior Audrey Chen won 6-1 and 6-3, and freshman Navya Yemula topped her opponent 6-4 and 6-0. To close out the match, freshman Julia Yoon shut out her opponent, winning both sets 6-0.

On the second day, both teams lost to NCWC by scores of 7-2.

The men’s team claimed one doubles match with the team of Michibata and Gavornik winning 8-7. Wright won the team’s only singles match in two sets, 6-4 and 6-1.

The women’s team followed suit by winning one doubles match, as the team of Baldi and Minassian won 8-2. Yoon closed out the match winning the only singles match of the day for the women in two sets, both of them 6-1.

The College returns to the court today at 3 p.m. when the men take on Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-Camden back to back. The women then take on the University of Rochester on Friday, April 12. The men will play Rochester the next day.

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