The men’s tennis team traveled to Elkhorn, Wis. last weekend where the played No. 18 ranked Gustavus Adolphus College. The Hornets entered the match ranked 37th in the nation. While the team will experience despair in defeat, there is no question they went down fighting.
While Gustavus swept the three doubles matches, K played very hard, fought matches and nearly won at two and three doubles. Robert Hudson K’16 and Eric De Witt K’17 lost 7-4 in a tie breaker to lost their two doubles match, while first-years Riccardo DelOlmo-Parrado and Allen Vinson lost 8-6 at three doubles.
Despite the tough loss, the team can still take solace in their hard fought effort against a team with two ranked singles players. The mini victory in this matchup came when junior superstar Branden Metzler K’17 defeated No. 4 Mahanad Alhouni 6-3 7-5 in his one singles match. Metzler has played exceptional this season and has earned a No. 18 national ranking for it. It is expected his ranking will go up now because of his victory over the fourth ranked player in the country and because he remains undefeated this year in singles matches.
The men get back onto the court on April 22, 2016 when they host Aquinas at Stowe.