Men’s and Women’s Tennis Dominate Weekend

It was a solid weekend for Colgate tennis as both the men and women’s teams grabbed victories at the Sanford Field House.

The men’s team picked up its fourth consecutive win by defeating St. Bonaventure 4-3, Saturday afternoon.

Junior Phil Bernasek led the Raiders, sweeping both of his matches. At No. 2 singles he won 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, and at No. 2 doubles he teamed up with fellow junior Rusian Goussiantnikov to beat St. Bonaventure’s Mikhail Sudakov and Enric Larregola 8-2. That match was the only victory in doubles for the Raiders.

At No. 1 singles, senior Michael Yassky rallied in an epic struggle to edge Chris Post 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and at 3rd singles senior John Nogueras beat Mikhail Sudakov 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore Sean Spellberg got Colgate’s final victory, beating Luis Guevara 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

“Both Mike Yassky and Phil Bernasek played some of the better tennis matches I have seen in my four years here,” senior captain John Nogueras said. “We have serious heart this year. However, we still have a lot of work to do, especially in doubles.”

The women’s team climbed above the .500 mark for the season by beating St. Bonaventure 6-1 on Saturday, and then coming back to blank Le Moyne 9-0 Sunday afternoon, thus improving their record to 3-2.

Senior Elise DeRose paced the team at No. 1 singles and at No.1 doubles with Cameron Williams. Against the Bonnies, DeRose rallied to roll over Mauela Marin 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 and with Williams held off Maria Barousse and Amanda Pallikunnel 9-7.

Against the overmatched Le Moyne Dolphins, Colgate yielded a total of 23 games in nine matches, with DeRose showing the way with a 6-1, 6-0 trumping of Tirzah Walrath.

Head Coach Bobby Pennington was extremely pleased by the effort put forth by the women’s tennis team this weekend.

“I thought the women this weekend did a complete 180 from last weekend,” Coach Pennington remarked. “They were much more aggressive on the court, and they were more positive as well.”

Both teams head to Philadelphia this weekend to take on Drexel and St. Joseph’s.

“The confidence on both teams is high,” Pennington stated. “We’re going to have back to back tests this weekend, but were in a good position right now.”