Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Difficult finish for both Men and Women’s Tennis

JUSTIN FORTIER ’18

SPORTS EDITOR

 

On April 25 the Trinity College Women’s Tennis Team dropped a 6-3 decision against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds. Trinity dropped to 6-8, closing the regular season with two losses, while Skidmore improved to 11-8. Bantam co-captain Melita Ferjanic ’16 won in singles and doubles for the Bantams, teaming with classmate Morgan Feldman ’16 for a 9-7 triumph at No. 1 doubles and posting a hard-fought win at the top of the singles ladder, 2-6, 7-7 (7-3), 10-5. Rookie Vanja Babunski ’18 from Serbia won, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to record the third and final Trinity point.

At Wesleyan on April 22, the Women’s team had suffered a similar loss 7-2. Trinity’s two points came from singles play where Feldman both secured straight set victories at the number two and number three slots respectively.

The visiting Trinity College Bantams dominated doubles play and the top-half of the singles ladder in a 6-3 victory over the Colby College Mules on April 19. Trinity outscored Colby by a combined tally of 24 -3 in doubles and won 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and 6-1, 6-1 at third singles.

The Trinity College Men’s Tennis Team ended the regular season with a 5-1 loss at No. 14 Williams on Wednesday afternoon in NESCAC action. The Bantams will enter the post-season with a 10-4 overall record and 5-3 mark in league play, while the Ephs stand at 9-8 on the year and 3-3 in conference tilts heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Trinity’s lone point on that afternoon came via an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles by the tandem of Ilya Levin ’15 and Rutendo Matingo ’17. The match at No. 1 was tightly contested as the Bantam duo of Ford Traff III ’16 and quad-captain Musyoka Mbithi ’15 dropped an 8-6 decision.

The contest was played to completion as Williams took singles matches at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 to seal the victory.

On April 19, the Men’s team had a decisive win over the Colby Mules with a final score of 7-2. At the number one doubles slot Traff and Mbithi narrowly edged out the Colby oppostion 9-8.

Other wins came with a little more ease, Dan Carpenter ’15 and David Myers ’15 took the number two doubles slot 8-3, while the number three doubles match was won  by Colby 8-4.

The singles matches were won at every level except the number two slot where Mbithi fell, 4-6, 3-6. Carpenter won at first singles while Matingo locked in the third singles position. Traff, Levin and Ned Mandel ’15 all won is straight sets as well only allowing a combined eight games to be scored by the fourth, fifth and sixth Colby singles  players.

For both the Men an the Women the conference tournament is scheduled to begin on May 1 and the teams are still awaiting the final bracket information to be released later this week. Both teams are predicted to be in the middle of the bracket.

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