Men’s Tennis impresses with win over Babson in first match

The Colby men’s tennis team opened their fall season this past Sunday with a match against the Babson College Beavers. After a solid showing last Spring, the Mules stormed into the summer, attacking their training with purpose and tenacity. Their hard work certainly showed this past weekend as Colby easily defeated Babson by a score of 8-1. Last Spring, Babson finished four spots ahead of Colby in the Northeast Region rankings.

Captain Carl Reid ’17 and Vlad Murad ’17 set the tone for the match early with a convincing 8-1 win at the first doubles position. Following that, Cam Hillier ’17 and Shaw Speer ’18  won at the second doubles position by a score of 8-6. Luis Gonzalez Kompalic ’20 and Jeremy Mendoza ’18 then followed suit with an 8-6 win at the third spot to complete a sweep of the doubles.

Second year coach, Jason Cohen, said following a strong set of doubles performances, “Doubles tennis has been an area that we have been focusing on a lot in practice. We want to be known as a strong doubles team, and I think we took a good step towards doing that today. This was some of the best doubles I’ve seen out of Colby men’s tennis during my tenure.”

In the singles matches, the Mules continued to flex their muscles, even as some of the matches came down to the wire. Both Zale Shah ’20 and Hillier won their singles matches in tiebreakers at the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Scott Altmeyer ’20 cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory in his first collegiate match at the third singles position.

The only loss on the day for the Mules came from two-time All-American Reid, who dropped the first set of his singles match before coming back to win the second set by a score of 6-3. He ultimately fell by a score of 16-14 in the next tiebreaker.

Following the match, Cohen said, “We’re excited for what we think can accomplish this year. We still have plenty of work to do in order to reach our goals, but we are excited for what we believe we do this season.”

Captain Reid echoed that statement saying, “I am very excited for this year. I have not seen the level of depth that we have this year during my tenure on Colby Men’s Tennis. We’ve got strong talent up and down our lineup. Furthermore, everyone is a fiery competitor which makes it that much more fun. I’m excited to see where we can go this season.”

Next weekend, Colby hits the road to play in the Connecticut College Tournament.

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