Both men’s and women’s tennis teams were in action this weekend at Markin Racquet Center. The men took on Denison University Saturday, while the women took on Denison University Saturday and then played Alma on Sunday.
The men lost 6-3 to Denison on Saturday afternoon. Denison is currently ranked 30th in the country. Despite the loss the Hornets showed strong improvement in doubles from their early season form. Branden Metzler’17 and Robert Hudson’16 won 8-5 in one doubles and David DeSimone’15 and Elan Dantus’18 won 8-3 in two doubles. This gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead before they devastatingly lost 9-8 on a tiebreak in three doubles.
After claiming an early 2-1 lead through strong doubles play, Denison came back and won five of six singles matches. Senior David DeSimone’15 was the only Hornet to win his singles match, winning 6-2 6-2 at two singles. Sophomore Branden Metzler’17 fought hard in his match but ended up losing 6-3 3-6 5-7 in one singles.
The women also played Denison on Saturday and had no difference in luck. The women’s team lost 7-2 to 28th ranked Denison.
K fell behind early by losing two and three doubles, but Sabrina Dass’17 and Sarah Woods’16 fought hard for a victory at one doubles. Going into singles trailing 2-1, K was only able to win one more match in the final six singles matches.
Sarah Woods’16 won her one singles match 6-4 6-2, but that was the only singles match won by K on Saturday morning.
However, the women faired much better on Sunday morning against Alma as they won their MIAA season opener 9-0. They swept the doubles matches early on, with a very strong showing from Maria Franco’18 and Olivia Bouchard’15 as they won at two doubles 8-0.
The Hornets also swept all six singles matches, highlighted by Woods’16 6-2 6-0 victory at one singles. Woods’16 was also named MIAA player of the week.
The victory over Alma puts the women at 5-2 on the season. Their next match is March 18 at home against Trine. The men’s next match is on their spring break trip down south.