M. Tennis uses fall season in preparation for spring

After playing in several independent tournaments and a lone head to head match this fall, Colby Men’s Tennis looks to fine tune their skills for the upcoming spring season. On September 25, Cameron Hillier ’17 and Shaw Speer ’18 travelled to Williamstown, Mass. to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men’s Regional Championships at Williams College.

Despite Hillier’s singles loss (6-3,6-4) to 8th seed Brian Granoff, he and Speer battled in doubles play, advancing to the quarterfinal round. The duo cruised through the first round with an 8-3 win over Endicott College, but the second round against Wesleyan proved to be much more formidable. Speer and Hillier were up 6-3 but let the lead slip to 8-7. However, they remained composed as they broke serve and won off a crisp lob shot by Speer to advance to the next day. Unfortunately, the Mules lost in the quarterfinals (8-6) to a pair of Bowdoin dark horses who upset the number 5 seed in the tournament.

Last Saturday, Colby Men’s Tennis played their sole head to head fall match against Gordon. Pairs Alexander Thrane ’19 and Matt Martin ’18, and Sam Hoenig ’19 and Adam Carlson ’18 won their respective doubles matches with ease (8-1, 8-2) to take a 2-1 lead. With singles left, Martin, Hoenig and Carlson continued to step up, as Colby split the singles three games apiece to total the score at 5-4 in  Colby’s favor.

The Mules played at Gordon College with a slight disadvantage as the upper half of the team had travelled to the Boston Invitational at Tufts University to compete against the top Division I and III athletes. Despite the tough competition, captain Carl Reid ’17 managed to put Colby on the board with a win (6-0,7-6) against Telkedzhiev of Tufts. Unfortunately, that was all Colby could muster as they were shut out in the rest of the tournament.  “We’re a young team with a lot of potential to grow and compete at the top of the NESCAC,” said Carlson, summing up the high expectations for next season.

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