Men’s and Women’s Tennis Dominate Rochester

Chris Dell'Amore

Although the Colgate men’s and women’s tennis teams experienced completely different beginnings to their seasons, each team had the same result last weekend. The women started off the season 0-3 and have since won five consecutive matches, including this weekend’s 7-2 domination of the University of Rochester. On the other hand, the men have hovered at the .500 mark for the majority of the season, waiting to reel off a winning streak of its own. Colgate took steps in the right direction, also defeating the University of Rochester 7-2.

The phenomenal doubles play of the women continued, as they won every doubles competition for the third consecutive match. First-year Alexandra Erickson, senior captain Erin Fenn, junior Cameron Williams and senior Cameron Thaney all posted wins in the singles competitions, as the Raiders only lost two of seven singles events. Head Coach Bobby Pennington was extremely excited for the upcoming match with Army after watching the dominant performance that the women displayed this weekend.

“The ladies are carrying a lot of momentum into our big Army weekend and look to win six in a row Friday night,” Coach Pennington said.

The women’s five-match winning streak has been indicative of the great chemistry that has grown over the course of this season. Although the team only has two seniors, it has relied on a slew of talented juniors, sophomores and first-years to follow in the footsteps of the senior leaders. The women will most definitely need to rely on the momentum that they have accumulated going into this Sunday’s competition with Army, because Army currently has its own six-game winning streak. However, the Raiders must not overlook their next two opponents, Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson, who they play on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

While the men’s team has its sights set on facing NJIT and FGCU in Fort Myers and St. Thomas in Miami over spring break, Colgate still had to take care of business first against Rochester. The Raiders laid waste to the Yellowjackets, as the men won two of three doubles matches and five of six singles matches en route to their 7-2 victory. Senior captain Martin MacIntyre was on point, as he teamed up with junior John Nogueras to defeat Brian Bowman and Bennett Peterson 6-4, 6-1. MacIntyre went on to beat Bowman in singles competition 6-4, 6-1. MacIntyre was one of five Raiders that won their singles matches in straight sets.

After annihilating Rochester this weekend, the women are now 5-3 on the season, and the men improved to 4-5.