W. Tennis goes 2-1, Men 3-0

Despite a slow start to the season, the women’s tennis team has had a very successful April, going 4-1 and defeating several NESCAC rivals. The men’s team picked up this month, going on a three-match winning streak after attaining their first victory against Colby-Sawyer College on April 9.. Both teams have seen strong individual performance and more collective consistency.

The women’s team opened this month with a 9-0 loss to Tufts University on the first, but quickly turned things around, defeating Trinity College the following day.  Maddie Lupone ’18, captain Holly Bogo ’16, and Katie Ryan ’18 won in straight set singles matches, with Jamie Pine ’19 clinching the match for Colby’s fifth point. Lupone, Bogo, Pine and Ryan each also went 6-0, 6-0 in their respective singles sets against Husson University on April 9. The victory at Husson put the Mules at 10-3 overall.

Another two wins over Hamilton and Connecticut College improved the women’s conference record to 4-2. Colby beat both NESCAC teams 5-4, and they have yet to lose a match at home this season. Bogo achieved her best collegiate victory in the Hamilton match with a 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 win at fourth singles, and sisters Gabriela and Lydia Venditti ‘19 collectively accounted for three of the Mules’ points. Against Connecticut College, the women were tied 4-4 going into the start of Ryan’s third set, and she was able to complete a comeback win to secure Colby’s fifth point. Venditti and Pine also both won their singles sets.  The Mules are ranked 16th in the ITA Northeast Region, and will play their final match against Wesleyan on Saturday.

The men topped Colby-Sawyer 9-0 for a crucial first win. Two-time All-American Carl Reid ’17 took a 7-5, 6-3 victory at first singles to start off the match, and teamed with Vlad Murad ’17 for an 8-0 victory at first doubles. Murad, Shaw Speer ’18, Jeremy Mendoza ’18, Douglas Mo ’18, and Alex Thrane ’19 had straight set singles wins, as well. After struggling with injuries for much of the beginning of the season, the win was an important morale booster for the Mules.

The men won their following two matches, the first of which was a league contest against Hamilton. Going 9-0 again, Colby dominated the entire match. Highlights include 6-0 singles victories for both Reid and Murad, and straight set singles wins for Speer, Mendoza and Mo once again. A few days later, the Mules took another league win versus Connecticut College. The men beat the 19th ranked Camels 7-2, only dropping one singles and one doubles set.

Colby’s short winning streak was snapped on April 17 when the men lost a 7-2 match to Babson College; Murad and Mendoza both took singles wins to give the Mules their two points. The loss puts the men at 2-4 in the league and 4-11 overall.

Looking ahead, the Mules have two away matches this weekend against Wesleyan and Southern Maine, and on Saturday, April 30, they will face Bowdoin College in their last regular season game of the year.

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