At 1 pm on Sunday, March 6, the Rensselaer women’s tennis team returned to the court for the first time since the fall season. RPI’s overall record fell, while New York University improved to 3-0 and moved up to the 18th regional ranking, ahead of the Engineers. NYU won 2-1 against RPI in doubles, with NYU taking the first and second 8-1 and 8-3 and RPI stealing the third 8-5.
In singles, RPI’s junior Pooja Ganesh snuck the Engineers’ only win, although several players came close to victory. Freshman Maria Salmon won her first set 6-2 before losing the next two against NYU’s Flyora Shiyanova. The third set was definitely a tough one—Shiyanova edged out Salmon in a close 7-6 match. Freshman Mailani Neal also performed well, winning the match’s second set. The women’s team will play its next game this coming Monday, March 14.
On the men’s side of the court, the team was clobbered by Skidmore College on March 6. Senior Alain Grullon Gonzalez managed to win the first set of his singles match 6-2 against Lucas Pickering—the only set RPI won that afternoon. He later fell 6-4 and 6-2 to Pickering. Junior Stephen Baxter put up the strongest fight for the Engineers despite losing against the Thoroughbreds’ Nick Tong with scores 6-4 and 7-5. The RPI doubles players all lost their matches. After this game, Skidmore remain ranked 24th and improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Liberty League play. The Engineers remained winless 0-5 overall and 0-1 in Liberty League. The men’s team will play its next game on Sunday, March 13 at 10 am.