TennisTeam4_HeberGuerra-RecinosBy Kayla Zapcic

Elm Staff Writer

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams started their season this past weekend with a loaded schedule. Due to weather, the teams played inside the Johnson Fitness Center field house.

The Shoremen took on Methodist University and the College of Charleston on Saturday, March 2. 

The Shoremen fell to the Methodist Monarchs 7-2.  

In doubles, sophomores Koby Bonta and Kyle Hickey fell to opponents Wynn Johnson and Jacob Oehser in the No. 2 spot, losing 8-5 that match. 

Methodist defeated juniors August Meriot and Mitchell Evans 8-6, for the No. 3 seat against Joshua Deutsch and Hayden Wilfong. 

For the Monarchs, Coleman Baker and Trent Harner beat seniors Chris Salisbury and Jake Sandler 8-7 at No. 1. 

In singles, Baker defeated Hickey 6-1 and 6-2. Salisbury won against Johnson with 6-3 and 6-2, gaining the Shoremen their first point. Sandler was forced to retire against Harner, trailing 6-4 and 5-0. 

Meriot got the second point for the Shoremen after his win against Wilfong, 5-7, 7-6(4), and 10-8. Henry Murray beat the Shoremen’s Andrew Smith 6-1 and 7-6(1). Oehser finished the set by defeating Bonta 6-2, 4-6, and 13-11. 

The match against the College of Charleston was played under Division I rules with the team winning at least two of the doubles matches earning one total team point and the doubles matches being played to a six-game pro set. 

Charleston had a doubles win over Bonta and Hickey at No. 2 (6-0). Ksawery Pociej and Easton Thomas followed with a 6-0 victory against Salisbury and Smith at No. 1 to get the doubles point for the Cougars. 

Robby Krick and Ben Cawston completed the doubles sweep for the Cougars with a 6-2 win against Meriot and Evans at No. 3. Thomas defeated Hickey, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 for Charleston’s second point.

Wang followed with a 6-1, 6-0, victory against Bonta at No. 4. Cawston clinched the win for Charleston with his 6-0, 6-2, against Meriot at No. 3. 

Henning beat Salisbury, 6-1, 6-0. Pociej defeated Smith, 6-0 and 6-0 and Andre Limon topped Evans, 6-0, and 6-0 to finish the match.

The Shorewomen took on Division I Delaware State University on Friday, March 1. 

For doubles, Yelzaveta Bessonova and Alina Polyvana for Delaware State beat the No. 3 pair of seniors Mariah Thomas and Hayley Sanchez 8-2. 

DSU’s Cassandra Boltman and Aayushi Chouhan followed with an 8-4 victory over Washington College freshman Cecilia Cress and sophomore Sarah Bruno at No. 2. 

The Shorewomen’s first point of the match came at No. 1 from freshman Alisha White and sophomore Ella Samer who pulled out an 8-7 victory over Sofia Rachi and Anastasia Belkina. 

Belkina beat Samer, 6-3 and 6-0 at the No.2 spot and Boltman beat Cress, 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 3 to increase the Hornets’ lead to 4-1 over the Shorewomen.  

Polyvana won the match for Delaware State after her victory against Bruno at No. 4 with scores of 6-1 and 6-3. 

White got the Shorewomen’s second point of the match with a 7-5, 2-6, and 10-8 victory over Rachi at No. 1. The Hornets finished the match with a 6-0 and 6-1 win over Thomas at No. 5 by Chounan and a 6-0 and 6-0 win by Bessonova over Sanchez at No. 6.

The tennis teams will reconvene for more non-conference play at home on Friday, March 8 versus Goucher College at 3 p.m. 

The Elm

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