Tennis Competes in South Carolina: The Shoremen and Shorewomen Build on Experience for the Future

By Louis Galdos 
Elm Staff Writer

The men’s and women’s tennis teams went on a trip to South Carolina over spring break, competing against Stockton University in New Jersey, Macalester College from Minnesota, and Concordia University in New York.

The Shoremen lost to Macalester College 9-0, then on Friday they ended on a high note by winning 7-2 versus Concordia. The Shorewomen won three games. They opened their spring break trip by beating Stockton in a large margin of 9-0. They won over Macalester College in a tight contest of 5-4. Lastly, they finished the trip by beating Concordia 7-2.

The men’s team went 1-1, while the women’s team went 3-0 on the spring break trip. The Shoremen have an overall record of 1-4, while the women’s team holds an overall record of 4-1.

The Shorewomen kicked the trip off by playing Sunday, March 11 versus Stockton.

In doubles matches, all three-doubles match won with a score of 8-1. The Shorewomen had a dominating performance throughout all the matches played on Sunday. In the singles matches, the highlight came when senior captain Krista Filiopoulos won her matches with scores of 6-0, and then 6-0.

The women then played Macalester College on Thursday. For doubles matches, seniors Julie Lazer and Kiran Pant won their match with another dominating score of 8-2. For singles, the highlight came when freshman Sarah Bruno ended the close matches by winning her own matches 6-4, 6-2, and then 10-8.

The women closed their trip on Friday versus Concordia. In doubles, two freshmen players, Riley Katzman and Ella Samer, won 9-8 in two matches.

In the singles, freshman Ella Samer dominated winning 6-0 in both matches.

In the men’s matches versus Macalester College, one of the features for the doubles came when junior Chris Salisbury and freshman Kyle Hickey lost a close match 8-6. Although they lost, the match stayed very close in score and was competitive.

For the men’s matches versus Concordia, the highlight came when Chris Salisbury and Kyle Hickey beat Concordia college 8-2 in doubles. For singles, senior captain Luke Weaver won his matches 6-0, and 7-5. This was another great match to watch as it was a dominating performance from Weaver.

Overall, Head Coach Oliver Reynolds said the trip was a success on and off the courts for both teams. Despite the results of the matches, he said he is confident that this trip helped the teams.

“The trip has been a huge help in getting everyone together as a team and getting to know everyone better as well. We have been able to do some exciting things so far. On the first day, we were able to practice down in Charleston, South Carolina and then got to go sight-seeing in the downtown Charleston area. I played tour guide as I used to live there for the past six years while working for the College of Charleston. We also took a trip on Tuesday down to Savannah to see the city as well,” he said.

Reynolds set certain expectations for the men’s team during this trip, like building off the matches already played this season.

“After finishing the matches, we felt good about our performance on Friday. The Thursday match we played a really good team, and I have to give credit to them for how hard they dug in and their performance,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said he hoped the women’s team would build off the two matches previously played before the trip.

“The first match was a great way for us to start the week off. Our matches on Thursday and Friday were going to be ‘who wanted it more’ kind of environments. After finishing the week down in Hilton Head on a 3-0 run and a couple fun exciting matches we are excited to return home and continue what we have been building off so far,” he said.

Senior captain Paige Rebstock said the team bonded during the trip and is supportive of one another.

“Everyone is very supportive of each other and I think that will be a huge factor moving forward with the rest of our season and the tough matches ahead. It’s been a very successful spring break down in Hilton Head,” Rebstock said.

Weaver had high expectations for the games played during the trip.

“This trip has been phenomenal in terms of team bonding. After having a tough couple matches, having the opportunity to relax with each other and raise team morale was exactly what we needed,” he said.

Senior captain Justin Panepinto said these matches were a great opportunity for the team to be tested.

“These matches were a good opportunity to show that we’re a great team even though we’ve had a tough start to the season. Good opportunity to improve and get ready for conference play,” he said.

With spring break behind them, the men’s and women’s teams will both play Muhlenberg on Saturday, March 24. The men’s team will play at home while the women’s team will visit the Mules.

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