Women’s Tennis goes 4-0

The Colby women’s tennis team has enjoyed a superb fall season as they cruised to a perfect 4-0 record before the winter break. With easy wins over Thomas College, Simmons College, Colby-Sawyer College, and Wheaton College, the Mules look to carry this momentum to the spring season.
The season began on September 11 when new head coach Jason Cohen led the Mules to a sound victory against Waterville-foe Thomas College. Maddie Lupone ’18 opened up the action as she defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-1 in the first singles match. Then, the Venditti sisters, Gabriela ’19 and Lydia ’19, won the first doubles match with a resounding 8-0 victory. The rest of the team would go on to win their singles matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Captain Holly Bogo ’16 and Olivia Stein ’18 were the winners at second doubles with a score of 8-0, while Lupone and Katie Ryan ’18 won the third doubles with the same 8-0 score.
On October 3, the women’s tennis team looked to keep the momentum of their first victory rolling as they faced off against Simmons College. The Venditti sisters earned an 8-5 victory in the first doubles match, and Lydia won 6-4, 6-2 in her singles match, while Gabriella lost her singles match 7-5, 0-6 (10-6 pro set). Lupone and Aleks Piibe ’19 captured a victory in second doubles with an 8-2 score, and Lupone went on to gut out a 7-5, 6-1 win in her singles match, while Piibe earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Bogo dropped one game in her singles match, but still managed to get the win. The duo of Bogo and Jamie Pine ’19 also gave the Mules a victory in the third doubles match.
After an 8-1 victory and with a 2-0 record, the Mules had a quick turnaround as they faced Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday, October 4. The Chargers of Colby-Sawyer were no pushover as they are the defending North Eastern Athletic Conference champions, but Colby proved to be too tough for them as the Mules advanced to an 8-1 win. It was only Colby-Sawyer’s second loss of the season. Gabriella Venditti easily won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, while sister Lydia earned a victory with a 6-2, 6-0 finish at second singles. Lupone had a tough match at third singles, but squeaked out the win with a score of 6-3, 6-7, and 10-4 pro set.
The Mules proceeded to cruise to a 9-0 victory against Wheaton College on October 11 to close out the fall season with a 4-0 record. Colby’s victory snapped a seven-match winning streak for the Lyons, which dated back to 2009. The most exciting part of the match was Bogo’s singles match. After losing the first set 7-6, she battled back to win the second set 6-1, which forced the tie-breaker. In a thrilling 16-14 manner, Bogo captured the victory.
Although the fall season has ended, the women’s tennis team will look to train during the winter and be prepared for more success in the spring season.

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