Men’s tennis continues three-game win streak against Bears, while women’s fall to Blue Jays in tough match

By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College men’s tennis team traveled to Collegeville, Pa. to verse Centennial Conference opponent Ursinus College. The Shoremen earned an 8–1 victory over the Bears on Saturday, April 9.

After this match, the Shoremen were ranked 14th in the Atlantic South Region for collegiate men’s tennis.

The Shoremen won all three of their doubles matches against the Bears.

In the No. 1 doubles spot, junior Karl Hoegstedt and senior Andrew Smith won their match 8–1. The duo is  ranked 11th in the Atlantic South Region.

In the No. 2 spot, juniors Landon Strober and Christian Gruyon came away with an 8–6 victory.

The No. 3 duo of freshman Aaradith Ravichandran and sophomore Ryohei Kawai had an 8–1 victory.

“Every day we bring high energy to practice, which allows us to maximize our games in the times we have to improve,” Strober said. “Every player’s constant motivation to get better is what has made our doubles games so successful.”

In singles at the No. 1 spot, Hoegstedt, ranked 10th overall in the Region, won his matches at 6–2 and 6–1.

At the No. 2 spot, Strober secured a double 6–1 victory. Kawai competed at the No. 3 spot to earn 6–4 and 6–0 wins, and junior Andrew Province lost at the No. 4 spot at 1–6, 6–4, and 10–7.

The last victory for the Shoremen was Ravichandran at the No. 5 singles spot with ending scores of 6–2, 4–6, and 10–6.

The Shoremen are now 8–4 overall and 3–0 in the Conference.

“We are quickly building our confidence and belief as a team to make big moves and we have more opportunities ahead to prove it,” Strober said. 

The Shoremen will go on to play in-Conference Gettysburg College on Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. in Gettysburg, Pa.

The WC women’s tennis team traveled to Baltimore, Md.  to compete against Johns Hopkins University. The Shorewomen fell to the in-Conference Blue Jays at 9–0.

At the No. 1 doubles spot, senior Alisha White and sophomore María-Christina Diaz-Nazario fell 8–4.

“Result-wise, I would say that we could have done better, but our game is improving with each match,”  Diaz-Nazario said. “We’ve played some of the top teams in the Conference to start, and it hasn’t been easy, but we have never given up or thought that we couldn’t beat anybody. Since we’re a small team, it’s important for us to stay united and help each other out when we can, and we’ve done that successfully.”

Sophomore Piper Sartison and junior Irene Meng fell just short in an 8–6 match at the No. 2 spot.

At the No. 3 spot, juniors Bin Nguyen and Katie Ruppert lost 8–0.

Meng, ranked 24th in the Region, was beaten at the No. 1 singles spot with a score of 7-6, 7-3, and 7-5.

White lost at the No. 2 spot with scores of 7–5 and 6–2, and Sartison fell 6–2, 6–2 at the No. 3 spot.

Diaz-Nazario lost 6–4 and 6–0 at the No. 4 spot; Nguyen fell short of a victory at the No. 5 spot 6–3 and 6–2; and Ruppert fell at the No. 6 spot with scores of 6–4 and 6–2.

The Shorewomen are 7–5 overall and 1–3 in the Conference.

“One of our goals is to remain positive,” Sartison said. “We have had some tough matches, however, we have kept fighting and focusing on what we can control. So far, it has been an amazing season and I am looking forward to playing the rest of our matches.”

“We have been working hard on and off court to make sure that we are doing everything we can to prepare ourselves physically and mentally,” White said. “Our goal is to make it to the [Conf.] playoffs.”

The Shorewomen will go on to play Conference opponent Gettysburg College on Saturday, April 16. The matches will begin at 1 p.m. in Gettysburg, Pa.

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