M. Tennis looking for first win

The Colby men’s tennis team spent their spring break in sunny California, where, unfortunately, their record did not parallel the nice weather. The team did not perform exceptionally as a whole, dropping all six of its matches on the trip, but there were several impressive individual performances.

On Monday, March 21, Colby fell 5-4 to Lewis and Clark College, with co-Captain Carl Reid ’17, Vlad Murad ’17 and Shaw Speer ’18 all winning in singles. Reid, a junior captain, came out with an easy, two-set win at first singles, and also won against Pacific University later the same day. Overall, the team fell to the 38th-ranked Pacific 6-3.

The following day, the Mules suffered another close loss to Hope International University (5-4). Reid and Murad combined for a first doubles win, and Sam Hoenig ’19 won 6-0 and 6-1 at fourth singles. In a 7-2 loss to Westmont College later on, both Reid and Murad battled for come-from-behind wins after losing their first sets at first and second singles. Reid’s strong individual play continued on Wednesday, when he improved to 6-0 on the season despite  team losses to Tufts University (7-2) and University of California-Santa Cruz (6-3). He also teamed up with Murad for yet another first doubles win against Santa Cruz.

The Mules returned home to face Amherst College on Sunday, March 27. Another singles win by Reid earned Colby their only point in the 8-1 loss. Reid was consequently named one of Division3tennis.com’s five Regional Players of the Week. He is 36-5 in his Colby career and a two-time All-American.

In their third NESCAC contest of the season, the men’s team fell 8-1 to 22nd-ranked Bates at home on Thursday, March 31. Murad came out with a 6-1, 6-2 second singles victory for the Mules’ lone point. The loss put Colby at 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the league, and they travelled to Hartford, Connecticut, several days later to face Trinity College.

While the team suffered another unfortunate loss in Hartford, Reid and Murad once again played well individually and as doubles partners. In his singles match, Reid was down 5-3 in the second set but ultimately battled back to win in a second tie-breaker. After rolling his ankle in the second set, Murad won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in second singles; he trailed 4-3 in his third set and took the final three games for the victory. Together, Reid and Murad combined for an 8-1 win at first doubles.

The Mules have four remaining NESCAC matches this season, the last of which is on April 30 at Bowdoin. While they have yet to win a match this spring, the team looks to improve as a group during its last month of play with continued individual performance and more consistency.

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