Over spring break the Kalamazoo College Men’s Tennis team travelled south for non-conference competition. They began in Tennessee with two matches at Rhodes College, playing against Rhodes and West Alabama. The team then travelled farther south to Atlanta to compete against Emory College and Oglethorpe.
The Hornets won both matches in Tennessee in the same day, defeating Rhodes 7-2, followed by a victory over West Alabama 5-4. Against Rhodes, K won all three doubles matches (8-4, 9-7, and 8-4). The later match was a bit closer for the Hornets, but they pulled out a 5-4 victory to complete the sweep of the day.
In Atlanta, the Hornets were victorious again on day one, defeating Oglethorpe 7-2. The next day the Hornets squared off against #1 Nationally Ranked Emory College. Despite dropping all three doubles matches the Hornets stayed competitive against the top ranked Eagles. Juniors Brandon Metzler and Eric De Witt led the way with victories. First-year Allen Vinson also claimed victory in his singles match.
Returning back to the Midwest at the end of spring break, the Hornets defeated Wabash 7-2, again sweeping the three doubles matches.
The Hornet women’s team also travelled south for spring break. They travelled to Texas where they faced off against Texas Lutheran, Trinity, and Texas-Tyler. Despite winning their first match 5-4 against Texas Lutheran, the women fell in their remaining two matches 9-0, 9-0.
Following their return to the Midwest after spring break, the women participated in the Midwest Invitational hosted in Madison, Wis. The Hornets fell in their first match 6-3 to Carthage. In the match doubles pair Sarah Woods K’16 and Sabrina Dass K’17 won 8-1 at one doubles. Carthage went on to win four of the six singles matches and take the victory overall.
The women also fell to dreaded rival Hope at the Invitational, falling 5-1. Hope won two of the three doubles matches and then won three singles matches to complete the assured victory. At the time the match ended, Woods and Maria Franco K’18 were leading their respective singles matches.
The Hornets finished their weekend against Augustana College on Saturday falling 5-4. They went down early, only winning one doubles match and just couldn’t gain enough ground in singles to claim the victory. Woods, Dass and Franco all won their respective singles matches.