Tennis Goes Undefeated Against PL Foes and Siena

John Kelly

The men’s and women’s tennis team continued their red-hot winning streaks for the month of April. On Wednesday April 4th, the men hosted Siena at Sanford Field House. The Raiders utterly dominated the visitors by sweeping all the doubles matches and winning all six singles matches in straight sets. In first singles, sophomore Martin MacIntyre manhandled Jeremy Deuel in a 6-1, 6-2 win. Senior Marshall Wheeler had similar results in the third spot out-dueling his opponent Stefan Putyera by a score of 6-0, 6-1. The Raiders hoped to carry this April luck into their match against Patriot League foe Bucknell. Colgate went into Lewisburg on Sunday April 8th determined to succeed and left the Gerhard Fieldhouse with a 5-2 win, their first Patriot League victory of the year. Once again the outstanding duo of MacIntyre and junior Tyler Deck set the tone early by outpacing their opponents 8-6 in the 2nd doubles spot. The first-year tandem of John Nogueras and Michael Yassky handily defeated their opponents 8-4 in the third doubles spot. Since pairing up the two have not lost a doubles match and are 3-0 on the season. On the singles side the Raiders won at No. 2, 3, 4, and 5. In the fourth spot Deck had a thrilling come from behind victory as he dropped the first set 6-7 (4-7) but recovered by winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-4. First-year John Nogueras also gritted out a tough win, dispatching his opponents in 2 sets and a super-tiebreaker, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.

Looking for their fourth win in a row the Raiders traveled to Easton, PA to compete against the Lafayette Leopards. After capturing the doubles point, Colgate never looked back and won four of six singles contests en-route to a 5-2 victory. After dropping the initial set at first singles, 6-3, Chris Innes regained his form and blanked his opponent in the remaining two sets, 6-0, 6-0. Marshall Wheeler had a much easier time with his opponent, winning in the third spot by a score of 6-2, 6-0. In a super-tiebreaker, Deck pulled out the victory for the Raiders by winning 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. The win improves the Raiders to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in league play. They are currently in a two-way tie for third place.

The women had a much lighter schedule only traveling to Bucknell on Sunday to compete against the Bison. Like the men’s team the Raiders got contributions from all members of the team and barely edging the Bison, 4-3. The Raiders claimed the doubles point with strong performances in the first and second spot. Senior Jackie Couture teamed up with freshman Elise DeRose to capture first doubles by the score of 8-2. Sophomore Cameron Thaney and Samantha Inacker had similar results, pulling out an 8-6 victory in the second spot. With the doubles point secured the Raiders headed into the singles portion of the match looking for three wins. They got these wins from Couture at 1st, Inacker at 3rd, and Thaney at 5th. The decisive match of the day proved to be Thaney’s victory over Caitlin Baffa. With the match tied at 3-3, Thaney won her first set 6-1, dropped the second 3-6 but triumphed in the third 6-1 to lead the Raiders to victory. Standing at 9-7 on the year the Raiders will play Patriot-League opponent Holy Cross in Saratoga Springs on Saturday April 14th. The men will also head to Saratoga to compete against the Crusaders and will then head south for their final regular season match against Lehigh on Sunday.