Men’s Tennis begins season

While much of Colby’s campus retired to bed in the early hours of Saturday morning, the Colby men’s tennis team prepared for what would prove to be a well-fought match against MIT. Because this was their first matchup since October, the team understandably had somewhat of a shaky start. Valiant efforts throughout the lineup proved the resilience of the young team.

The Mules went 1-5 in their six singles matches and 1-2 in their three doubles matches. MIT, a fierce opponent, came out firing on all cylinders, winning every first set in the singles matchups. As the day progressed, however, Colby first seed Carl Reid ’17 fought back to win the match,  taking a pair of sets by a score of 6-2 after dropping the first set 6-4. Vlad Murad ’17 narrowly lost the first set by a score of 7-6, but battled back to win the second set 6-2. However, Murad then dropped the third set by a score of 10-7. Jeremy Mendoza ’18 had a tough matchup at the third seed, dropping both sets 6-2 and 6-0. At the fourth seed, Shaw Speer ’18 lost the first set 6-1 but played valiantly before falling in the second set by a score of 7-5. Senior Mark HoSang ’16 took the second set of his matchup 6-3 before losing in the third set by a score of 6-4. First-year Nam Le ’19 dropped both sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.

The doubles portion of the matchup went similarly as Carl Reid ’17 and Murad won their doubles matchup by a tally of 8-6. The Mules lineup failed to produce another win, however, as the other two doubles matchups resulted in 8-3 losses.

Sophomore Matt Martin ’18 is looking forward to the spring season. He said, “We’re going into this season ready to prove something, and I think that there were hints of that mentality at MIT.” Martin spoke of how the team rallied around “a lot of positive energy and intensity,” which they look to maintain going forward. “We’re all very excited to surprise some teams this season,” he added.

The team  will surely make some noise as the season progresses, with an extensive spring break trip providing an opportunity for multiple wins for the team. They have five matches between March 21 and 23, several of which take place in Claremont, CA. Their final matchup before playing Tufts on March 24 will be against UC Santa Cruz, also in Claremont. With MIT behind them, the Mules look forward to a productive spring season.

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