Tennis teams look to bounce back

By Kayla Zapcic

Senior Sports Writer

The Washington College women’s tennis team took on Haverford College on Wednesday, April 17 at home. The Shorewomen fell short and lost to the Fords 6-3. This win for the Fords ranks them 7-0 in the Centennial Conference.

The Shorewomen won one doubles match and lost two on Wednesday. 

Despite the loss, the Shorewomen look forward to competing in their upcoming Conference matches.  

“As we progress through the last two weeks, I expect us to continue being a family and showing full support of one another,” senior Mariah Thomas said.

Haverford’s Ananya Prakash and Natalie Williams made the first point of the day versus WC’s freshman Cecilia Cress and sophomore Riley Katzman, beating the No. 2 pair 8-4. 

In the No.3 doubles, WC lost to Haverford’s Mima Khazanov and Renata DiDonato. Competing for WC in the No. 3 spot are seniors Thomas and Hayley Sanchez, who lost 8-2. 

However, the Shorewomen won the No.1 doubles competition 8-5 thanks to freshman Alisha White and sophomore Ella Samer against Emily Shutman and Clara Farrehi.

In singles, WC’s Katzman lost 6-0 and 6-2 to Prakash at No.4, which gave the Fords their third point of the match. Samer earned the Shorewomen their second point with a win against Williams at the No.2 spot. She took the win 6-4 and 6-0. 

Haverford’s Sarah Evenson defeated Sanchez at No.6 with scores of 6-2 and 6-4. Thomas got the Shorewomen back on track with one point from her victory against DiDonato at No. 5, winning 6-4 and 6-2. 

Farrehi confirmed the victory for the Fords, though, with her 7-5 and 6-3 win over Cress at No. 3. Shutman earned for the final point for Haverford by rallying for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, win over White at No. 1.

“I have expectations for the team to continue to grow,” Thomas said. “We have some very strong freshman and sophomores that I know will take on huge leadership roles and set the bar high for next year.”

The Shorewomen have three matches remaining in their season with the Centennial Conference beginning on Wednesday, May 1. Up next, the Shorewomen will play at McDaniel College on Tuesday, April 23 and at Dickinson College on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. 

The Washington College men’s tennis team hosted Swarthmore College on Tuesday, April 16 where they lost 9-0 to the Garnet. 

Swarthmore’s Jiung Jung and Noah Criss had an 8-1 win at No. 2 over sophomores Kyle Hickey and Koby Bonta. Senior Jake Sandler and sophomore Andrew Smith played No. 2, losing their doubles match to Swarthmore’s John Lathrop and Thibault Vernier 8-5. 

This gave the Garnet a 2-0 lead over the Shoremen.

Swarthmore gained one more point with an 8-7 win over juniors August Meriot and Mitchell Evans making the score 3-0 going into singles. 

Swarthmore’s Jung is ranked eleventh in the region for singles and won over Sandler at the No. 1 spot 6-1 and 6-1. Swarthmore swept the rest of the singles matches as well. 

With nationally ranked No. 31 Swarthmore behind them, the Shoremen look to their next competition against Dickinson College. Winning over the Red Devils would knock Franklin & Marshall College out of the fifth spot in the Conference, sending WC into a playoff position. 

“We would like to win our match at Dickinson this weekend because it would put us into playoffs. We would also just really like to end this season on a strong note,” Evans said. “We all need to stay focused on and off the court, and make sure we’re giving 110% at practice and matches.”

Additionally, Bonta is equally hopeful and motivated to earn a spot in playoffs. 

“I think as we get better and better I expect us to get regionally ranked,” Bonta said. “We’ve had some really close matches with some of these regionally ranked teams including a 5-4 loss to Goucher and a 5-4 win over Letourneau. I think we’re right there and just need to win a few more important matches.”

The Shoremen will play again at Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, April 23 and again at Dickinson on Thursday, April 25 along with the women’s team at 4 p.m. 

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