By Christine Houghton
It was a busy week for the Lions as men’s tennis took on both Rutgers University-Newark and Camden in a doubleheader on April 10, the University of Rochester on Saturday, April 13 and Goucher College on Sunday, April 14.
The women went up against Rochester on Friday, April 12 and then Rensselaer Polytech Institute on Saturday, April 13.
Going up against Rutgers-Newark, the College shut out its opponent 9-0, sweeping all singles and doubles matches. Against Rutgers-Camden, the team produced the same shutout result, winning yet again 9-0 and the NJAC conference title. With four wins on the day, a singles and doubles match against each opponent, senior Tim Gavornik was able to hit 100 career wins.
On Friday, April 12 the women’s team took on Rochester at home and went on to win 6-3. The team swept all three doubles matches and won three out of six singles matches. Junior Audrey Chen and seniors Grace Minassian and Alyssa Baldi won their singles matches in two sets each.
The next day, the men’s team took on Rochester and won by a score of 6-3 as well. Following the women’s match to a T, the team swept its doubles matches and took half of the singles matches. Seniors Mitchel Sanders and Matt Puig won both their singles matches in two sets and freshman Matthew Michibata won his in three sets.
On Saturday, April 13, the women went head-to-head with Rensselaer, winning the match 8-1. The team of freshmen Liya Davidov and Katrine Luddy came out with an 8-6 doubles win. Minassian and Baldi took their doubles match 8-4 and the pair of Chen and freshman Sarah Phung also won its match 8-4.
Davidov, Chen and freshman Navya Yemula all won their singles matches in two sets. Davidov won 6-1 and 6-2, Chen was victorious 6-2 and 7-6 and Yemula closed out the match 6-1 and 6-3. Luddy and Baldi came out on top in their singles matches in three sets each, with Luddy’s final set being 10-8 and Baldi’s being 6-1.
The next day, the men’s team took on Goucher at home, resulting in an 8-1 win and a full sweep of all matches by both teams. The team was able to sweep all three doubles doubles matches and five out of six of its singles matches.
Gavornik and Michibata won their doubles match by a score of 8-5 and the team of Sanders and junior Gokul Murugesan won 8-2. Closing out doubles, Puig and sophomore Andrew Mok took their match 8-6.
Michibata, Gavornik and senior Achyuth Balijepalle all took their singles matches in two sets. Michibata won both sets 6-1, followed by Gavornik taking his match 7-6 and 6-2. Balijepalle closed out the match, winning his sets 6-3 and 7-5.
Freshman Justin Wain and Puig both came out on top in their singles matches after three sets each. Wain won his final two sets with a 6-0 shutout and and Puig won his final set 6-3.
The Lions return to the court April 24, as the men take on Stevens Institute of Technology. The women will face Haverford College on April 26.