Tennis Teams Keep Hitting Winners

John Kelly

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams started April off strong by securing key victories over tough opponents. On Saturday, the women traveled to West Point to participate in their first Patriot League matchup of the year. On this day, Army proved too tough though, outpacing the Raiders by a score of 7-0. Colgate got off to a slow start in doubles and never recovered.

“Army just outplayed us that day. They played a nice and clean match and we couldn’t keep up with them.” Coach Pennington said.

Hoping to bounce back, the women traveled to Long Island to compete against Long Island University. The Raiders played a thrilling match and came out of the nail-biter on top 4-3. Senior Jackie Couture and first-year Elise DeRose teamed together to capture an 8-4 victory at first doubles. Meanwhile, the underclassmen duo of sophomore Cameron Thaney and first-year Samantha Inacker paired together for an 8-2 win in the second doubles spot. This point proved critical as Colgate and LIU would split the six remaining singles matches.

“This was a huge win for the team. LIU played Army really close and to beat LIU on their home courts really boosted the girls’ confidence.” Coach Pennington remarked.

The Raiders hoped to carry this momentum into their match against Quinnipiac University, a team that is seeking their fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth. The grueling schedule combined with the loss of Couture to a sinus infection proved too much for the Raiders to overcome, as they fell to the Bearcats by the score of 6-1. The sole highlight of the match was the performance of first-year Jackie Stimmel who thoroughly outpaced her opponent to secure a 6-2, 6-3 win. The loss moved the Raiders to 8-7 on the year.

On Monday meanwhile the men traveled with the women’s team to Connecticut to compete against the defending Northeast Conference Bobcats of Quinnipiac University. The men started off the new month right by outpacing their opponents, en-route to a 5-2 victory. The Raiders opened the match by winning two doubles matches to secure the lone doubles point. The duo of sophomore Martin MacIntyre and junior Tyler Deck won at second doubles by a score of 9-7. The first-year tandem of Michael Yassky and John Nogueras secured a critical win at third doubles, taking the match 8-6. The Raider’s resolve really came through in the singles matches. MacIntyre, in his first ever match in the number one singles spot, played flawlessly to notch his 6-3, 6-4 win. Coach Pennington was pleased with the team’s performance.

“This victory over Quinnipiac was a huge confidence boost. The Bobcats went to the NCAA tournament last year and to not only compete but to defeat them on their home court is a huge win for our program.”

The men will hope to keep their April luck alive when they take on Siena on Wednesday April 4th and travel to Bucknell in a marquee match-up on April 8th. The women will try to get back on track when they travel to Bucknell on April 8th for an 11 a.m. match.