Tennis Teams Close Season Moving In Opposite Directions

Mike Nanna

The men’s and women’s tennis teams went into this weekend’s Cornell Invatational and the October 23 ITA Regionals, respectively, with high hopes for their performances. Yet in the end, both fell short in their quests to end the fall season on a positive note.

The men sent senior Chris Innes and sophomore Martin MacIntyre to compete at the ITA regionals, held at the University of Philadelphia, but neither could pull out a victory for Colgate. Innes lost in the 128-person singles draw 6-2, 6-2, to Georgetown’s Anthony Tan. He then lost a hard-fought match 7-6 (4), 7-5, to Binghamton’s Faisel Mohamed in the consolation round.

MacIntyre didn’t experience much success either, with Virginia Tech’s Ignacio Roca bouncing him from the tournament 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. The men didn’t fare any better when playing in tandem, losing their doubles match 6-4 in the first round at the hands of Drexel’s Joe Koebele and Omar Laalej.

Senior Jackie Couture and freshman Elise Derose represented the women’s team at the ITA Regionals held at Dartmouth University this past weekend but neither player could muster their “A” game. Couture fell 6-2, 6-3 in her singles regional match to the University of Richmond’s Robin Carter. Her singles draw also featured 128 players from universities around the country. The competition was stiff, even for an extremely talented player like Couture.

The women couldn’t change the result in their doubles match, with Couture and Derose losing out 8-4 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Julia Koulbitskaya and Yulia Rivelis. The loss came in the first round of a doubles draw that featured 64 teams. It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise encouraging season for the duo.

The results for both the men and women brought two tumultous seasons to an end. While both teams had their ups and downs, taking their fair share of lumps along the way, both teams look poised for big improvements in the spring.

The men will start up again January 19 at the Army Invitational, while the women begin their spring schedule on Feb. 3 when they host Siena.