Men’s tennis opens season with four straight victories, then falls

Colby Men’s Tennis opened their spring season with a third straight victory last Saturday against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  Colby beat TCNJ 6-3 overall, with Carl Reid ’17 and Vlad Murad ’17 taking a victory in doubles play. Colby went into the weekend ranked 14th in the Northeast region.

Reid, a senior captain,  led the way, playing  first singles and saving four match points throughout the course of his second set. Despite being down 5-4 in the second set, Reid went on to a victory that would ultimately won him the game. Murad also won at second singles, with the two seniors taking important points for the team score overall. Scott Altmeyer ’20 and Zale Shah ’20 also earned points as doubles partners, contributing to Colby’s six total points.

Colby’s victorious Saturday did not carry over into Sunday, with a loss against New York University. In a close set of matches, Colby ultimately fell 5-4, leaving them with a 4-1 record at the end of the weekend.

Nam Le ’19 mentioned the positive impact that Colby’s five freshmen have had on the team so far, saying that they’ve “integrated very well with our dynamic since the fall season.” Le emphasized the unity of the team as well, in that “every single person on this team has worked their hardest and has to help us get to where we are now,” he said.

The team also beat Goucher College in a 7-2 victory with strong performances all around. This put Colby at a 4-0 record, winning earlier in March against Babson College and in a tournament in Connecticut. Against Goucher, Reid and Murad also won in first doubles, with Cameron Hillier ’17 and Shaw Speer ’18 taking another point for Colby in second doubles.

The strength of the team can likely be attributed to a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. Le emphasized the hard work that the team has dedicated in preparation for the season. “We had a pretty rigid schedule, with six practices a week and six workouts,” he said. The dedication that every member on the small team has shown has certainly contributed to their early success.

The team will travel to California for spring break next week to take on Chapman College, the University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology, St. Lawrence University, Tufts University, and Occidental College. The team will also have three away conference matches against Bates College, Connecticut College, and Hamilton College in the beginning of April, marking a series of 12 away matches in a row. Their next home game will not be until April 14 when they take on Middlebury College at the Harold Alfond Athletic Center at 3 p.m.

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