Women’s Tennis keeps destroying competition

Colby Women’s Tennis has gotten off to a flying start to their fall season. So far, the Mules are undefeated through four matches against both local and New England opposition.

The team kicked off their season on September 10 with a trip to Boston to play both Endicott College and Simmons College. Twin sisters Lydia and Gabriella Venditti ’19 were Colby’s standout performers of the day. The pair won both of their singles matches against Endicott, with Lydia winning 6-1, 6-1 and Gabriella 6-3, 6-1 from the first and second positions, respectively. Later, they combined to win first doubles 8-3. Maddie Lupone ’18 enjoyed a 6-1, 6-4 victory in third singles to help the Mules cruise to a 5-3 win.

The women then delivered a dominating performance in a 9-0 mauling of Simmons to cap off the road trip. The Vendetti sisters coasted again in first and second singles and first doubles, while Jamie Pine ’19, Emily Dyckman ’19, and Annie Morris ’17 also got on the board for the visiting Mules.

The team’s weekend was not done, however, as they hurried back to Mayflower Hill for a match against crosstown rivals Thomas College the next day. This was the team’s first match on their newly resurfaced courts and they took to them well. The Mules controlled the match from start to finish, securing a 9-0 victory. Lydia Venditti did not play singles, but Hania Lederking `20 stepped up and duly won her first college match 6-0, 6-0.

The first weekend’s momentum carried the team through their midweek encounter with the University of Southern Maine on September 15. Colby moved to 4-0 on the season with yet another 9-0 shutout. Again, the Mules didn’t give their opponents a chance to get into the match, dominating nearly every set. The Vendetti sisters and Lupone continued to impress, each remaining undefeated in singles play for the year. The team was scheduled to host Babson College this past weekend, but due to inclement weather, some matches had to be postponed.

While the fall tennis season is often seen as a warmup to the more competitive spring season, Colby Women’s Tennis has reason to be excited. Though they’ve clearly been a class above their opposition on more than one occasion, the team has shown their strength in finishing off opponents. The Mules will travel down to MIT this weekend in search of some stiffer competition and more victories.

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