By Kevin Hornibrook
The men’s and women’s tennis teams enjoyed a successful weekend on the home courts. The men began their 2020 season while the women added on to an already strong one.
The men’s team left with a comfortable 8-1 win against the University of the Sciences on Saturday, Feb. 15. This was the 200th win under head coach Scott Dicheck. The last meeting between these teams ended 7-2 in the College’s favor.
The Lions’ doubles teams completed a 3-0 sweep to start the match. Sophomores Matthew Michibata and Justin Wain earned an 8-4 victory, seniors Gokul Murugesan and Thomas Wright pulled off an 8-6 win and freshmen Nick Matkiwsky and Akul Telluri handled their opponents, 8-1.
The Lions’ dominance continued into the singles matches, with Wain’s second set tiebreaker being the only loss for the College. Michibata, Matkiwsky, Telluri and sophomore Nikola Kilibarda all took their wins in straight sets. Wright’s match concluded with a 10-8 win in his third set, wrapping up the dual match and sending the University of the Sciences to a 1-5 record. Currently ranked 32nd, the team hopes to serve as a prominent force in the conference and beyond.
Currently ranked 32nd, the team hopes to serve as a prominent force in the conference and beyond.
Meanwhile, the women’s team took down Haverford on Sunday, Feb. 16, by a score of 5-4 to remain a perfect 7-0 on the season. Their last meeting ended in a one-sided 9-0 victory for the College.
The match remained competitive throughout, remaining undecided until the very last point. The match opened with an 8-3 doubles win from freshmen Anusha Rangu and Alexandria Vasile. Sophomores Liya Davidov and Katrine Luddy, who now have a 5-0 record as partners, followed suit, as they won, 8-5. Haverford’s first win came against freshmen Jenny Landells and Charlotte Roarty, which was only the first doubles loss of the season for both players.
Two straight sets split between the teams to start the singles matches. Senior Audrey Chen lost 1-6, 2-6, but Roarty kept the College ahead with a 6-3 win. The College lost the lead as Haverford took the next two matches against Davidov and Vasile, both in three sets.
The dual match came down to the fifth and sixth singles matches. Sophomores Julia Yoon and Jenny Landells both won their second sets 7-5, setting up a nail-biting finish. Yoon closed her match with a 6-1 third set. Landells followed with a 6-2 win, clinching the match for the Lions.
Both teams look to continue their winning streak on Feb. 23. The women’s team will be at Wellesley College and the men’s will be at Babson College.