Engineers poach Hawks 7-2

SOPHOMORE ANDREA VALENCIA DEFLECTS a shot from the net in a singles match against New Paltz.

This past weekend, both the men’s and the women’s teams spent a lot of time on the courts, both playing on Saturday and Sunday. For the women’s team, the weekend consisted of a victorious home opener on the Sharp Courts on Saturday and an invitational on Sunday. For the men’s team, the weekend consisted of a two-day invitational.

On Saturday, the women’s team had their first home court advantage of the season while facing the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. The Engineers had an easy win of 7–2 over the Hawks, who had been undefeated throughout their last five matches. The women’s team now stands with a 1–0 winning record. The doubles team of Allie Kallish ’20 and Melanie Frank ’18 went on to defeat the Hawks 8–2. The remaining two RPI doubles teams followed in their footsteps. The duo of Tess Lubin ‘20 and Mailani Neal ’19 defeated their opponents 8–4, while the duo of Nisha Rajamohan ’19 and Makenzi Herbst ’19 defeated their opponents 8–1. In singles, Kallish led the team once more winning her match 6–2, 6–2. Lubin, Frank and Frommer ’19 also won in consecutive sets 6–3, 6–3; 6–4, 6–4; 6–0, 6–2 respectively. Andrea Valencia ’19 fell to Carol Tyson of New Paltz by 6(5)–7, 2–6, with a tie breaker in the first set. Rajamohan also lost to a Hawk, Jessica Reich, 3–6, 3–6. In the exhibition matches, Herbst defeated her opponent 8–6, while Angelika Rothberg ’17 defeated her opponent 8–1.

On Sunday, the women’s team was not as successful as the day before. The women competed at the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational at Williams College. Erica Frommer was the only victorious player; she won her single’s match 8–3 against Skidmore.

On Saturday and Sunday, the men’s team competed in the Middlebury Invitational. The RPI stars of the tournament were doubles team members Zack Ebenfeld ’20 and Winston Yu ’20. The team made up of the two freshmen made it all the way to the semi-finals. They won their first two matches and advanced to the semi-finals of the A Flight. They won their first match against a team from Skidmore College 8–6, and continued their winning streak against a team from Bates, 8–4. Other Engineers advanced past the first round but no others apart from Ebenfeld and Yu made it further into the tournament. The team of Gabe Osio ’19 and Alex Lee ’18 made it through the first round by winning their B Flight match 8–1. In singles, Ebenfeld advanced past the first round winning his C Flight match 6–2, 3–6, 10–4. Sundar Devakottai ’18 also made it through the first round beating his opponent from Bates 6–2, 6–0. Tristan Wise ’18 was another Engineer who made it through the first round; he defeated a praised Skidmore student-athlete 6–4, 1–6, 10–2.

Both the women’s team and the men’s team will play again this weekend. The men will play at the Stevens Doubles Tournament. The women will play at the ITA Northeastern Regional at William Smith College.