Engineers win two of nine close matches against New Jersey

The men’s tennis team started off the afternoon of Saturday, February 27 ahead of the College of New Jersey 2-1, winning in two of the three doubles matches at their first away dual meet of the spring season. The Engineers seemed to have started off on the right foot until they ended up losing their momentum in the final four singles games to fall 5-4.

Junior McKinley Grimes teamed up with senior captain Sherman Uyeno to win the first doubles match 9-8 first set, 7-5 second set. Grimes also came out on top in his singles match against Pierce Cooper, scoring 6-4, 2-6, and 6-3.

Although the second doubles match didn’t go in his favor, sophomore Tristan Wise did well in both sets of his singles match against Mitchel Sanders. In the third doubles match, senior Graham Harris and senior Anthony Kim paired up against Mitchel Sanders and Matt Puig, winning 9-7.

Of the nine matches held on Sunday against Stevens Institute of Technology, the Engineers took only two. Playing against Danny Polk, Grimes again earned victory with 7-6, 7-5. In the fifth singles match, junior Stephen Baxter defeated William Persson.

One of the longer matches of the afternoon was between senior Alain Grullon Gonzalez and Kyle Henry. Henry managed to capture the third set 10-7.

RPI will play in its first Liberty League match this Sunday against Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Their first home match at Sharp Courts will be April 16.