Men’s tennis narrowly defeats Sea Gulls in tight match

By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College men’s tennis team took on the Haverford College Fords for a Centennial Conference match on Wednesday, April 20. The match took place in Haverford, Pa.

The Fords dominated the singles matches, winning 6–0 over the Shoremen overall.

During the doubles matches, the Shoremen won, 2–3. Seniors Koby Bonta and Landon Strober defeated the Fords in the No. 3 spot, 8–4. The No. 2 spot was won by sophomore Ryohei Kawai and freshman Brady Burns at 8–6.

The Shoremen fell, 7–2, to the Diplomats.

On Saturday, April 23, the Shoremen hosted the Salisbury University Sea Gulls for an out-of-Conference match at the Schottland Tennis Center.

Kawai and Burns teamed up again to win the No. 3 doubles spot against the Sea Gulls at 8–4. Bonta and Strober ended a tiebreaker match at 7–5 to catch the No. 2 spot. The Shoremen took the doubles matches, 2–1.

The singles matches saw junior Karl Hoegstedt sweep the Sea Gulls, 6–0 and  6–2 in the No. 1 spot. Kawai won the No. 4 spot at 6-3, 4–6, and 7–6. Burns followed with a victory in the No. 5 spot with scores of 5–7, 6–4, and 6–4, and the Shoremen led in overall points. The Shoremen took the meet, 5–4.

The Shoremen’s record lies at 10–6 overall and 4–2 in the Conference. They will play again on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. for their final regular-season match. They will face Muhlenberg College at the Schottland Tennis Center.

The WC women’s tennis team competed against the Swarthmore College Garnets on Tuesday, April 19. The Shorewomen traveled to Swarthmore, Pa. to participate in the in-Conference match.

The Garnets won the three doubles matches and continued on to win six out of the seven singles matches as well. The No. 3 spots for the singles and doubles match wins were awarded to the Garnets due to the Shorewomen having two injured players.

The lone win for the Shorewomen was handled by junior Irene Meng in the No. 1 spot. Meng won 8–5.

“My team’s support was incredible as always,” Meng said. “Playing against Swarthmore was a really great experience, our level of competition was right there with them.”

The Shorewomen were defeated by the Garnets, 8–1. They will enter their next competition with an overall record of 9–6 and 3–4 in the Conference.

“It was unfortunate that two of our girls were injured and we had to forfeit a few matches,” Meng said. “We are all focusing on getting healthy.”

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, the Shorewomen will play their final match of the regular season against Muhlenberg College.

Photos by Grace Hazelhurst

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