Men’s and Women’s Tennis Don’t Break; Compete in Florida

While the rest of us were off at the beach, working meticulously on getting a tan that looks acceptable in dreary mid-March Hamilton, Colgate tennis travelled to Orlando, where they competed furiously against opposition from all around the country. Since the March 4 issue of the Maroon-News, the Colgate men have gone 1-4, while the women have compiled a 2-2 record.

Prior to Spring Break, the men fell to Niagara and Navy, 6-1 on both occasions. In Florida, they fell to South Carolina State, 6-1, before dropping an 8-1 decision to Division II Rollins College. The highlight of the trip, undoubtedly, was a 6-1 victory over Hartford, in the team’s first match in Orlando. At first singles, senior Michael Yassky defeated Aneil Bhalla, 6-2, 6-2. Fellow senior John Nogueras picked up a win at third singles, and sophomore Sean Spellberg picked up the most impressive win of the bunch, winning 6-0, 6-0 at fifth singles. Spellberg teamed with sophomore Connor Feuille at third doubles to win in equally majestic fashion, 8-0.

The women’s tennis team prefaced Spring Break with split results against upstate opponents. After a 7-0 win over Niagara on March 6, they fell to Syracuse by the same scoreline on March 11. Like the men, they beat Hartford, 6-1, in their opening match in Florida, and followed that with a 7-0 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. Against Hartford, Colgate fell only at first singles, and they swept the remaining matches.

Senior Jackie Stimmel and first-year Merideth Rock were the stars for Colgate, with Stimmel winning her singles match 6-0, 6-1, and Rock hers 6-0, 6-0. When paired at doubles, they earned an 8-1 victory over their America East opponent.

Both teams continue their seasons at West Point this weekend, taking on Army and Lafayette in Patriot League play.