The women’s tennis team was unable to secure victory in the 2016 Nor’Easter Bowl, which took place this past weekend in Massachusetts.
On Friday, April 1, the women’s team earned a win against Stonehill College with three doubles and three singles wins. Senior Emily Laurilliard and sophomore Melanie Frank took the first doubles seed 8-5. Both other doubles matches followed suit close after. In singles, Laurilliard, junior Pooja Ganesh, and freshman Nisha Rajamohan took home wins.
The next day, the team faced a tough loss against Babson College,winning just one doubles and one singles match each. Ganesh and Rajamohan defeated Babson’s Alexandra Blizard and Claire Foster in the third doubles match of the day. In singles, Rajamohan pulled through to win the sixth singles match 9-7.
Finally, women’s tennis took a painful loss against Wellesley College, concluding their participation in the Nor’Easter Bowl. The team saw a doubles win; freshmen Maria Salmon and Mailani Neal defeated Dasha Kostikina and Samantha Stone. At the conclusion of the bowl, the team’s record stood at 4-7, and RPI will be facing off against Rochester Institute of Technology in a Liberty League match on Saturday, April 9.
Men’s tennis traveled to Bard and swept the Raptors 9-0 Saturday afternoon. To start the match, the Engineers won a decisive 8-2 prosets at first and third doubles. At second doubles, the pairing of senior Alain Grullon Gonzalez and sophomore Tristan Wise took just two additional games to win their match, defeating Bard 8-4.
In singles, junior McKinley Grimes dominated his first singles match winning 6-0 twice. Seniors Sherman Uyeno and Grullon Gonzalez were not far behind, taking their second and third singles matches by the same 6-1, 6-0 margin. Junior Stephen Baxter and senior Graham Harris won their fourth and sixth singles matches, respectively, with ease as well.
The only close match of the afternoon was at fifth singles. After winning handily in the first set 6-2, senior Anthony Kim had to fight off Bard’s Satchel Fisher in the second set, winning 6-4.
The win is the Engineers third in a row and improves their spring record to 4-4. Next up for the men is a trip to RIT this Saturday, April 9.