Tennis: women improve to 9-2, men drop to 8-4 following loss

Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com

Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com

Another packed weekend has passed by with wins and losses for both the women’s tennis team and men’s tennis team. The women had a great weekend and racked up wins against both the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Wagner University. The women won 6-­1 against the Seahawks on Saturday, March 5, and did not give Wagner University a chance. The only loss occurred at number six singles, with Jennifer White, a sophomore, losing 8-­6. All the other positions triumphed and brought home the win.

Erin Bowsher played at the No.1 singles spot, and won in a tough three set match with a score of 6-­1, 6­-7(5) and 6-­4. Bowsher played along with Providence at the No.2 doubles spot and the doubles team was successful yet again with a score of 6­-1. At the No.2 singles spot, the Dragons had Lea Winkler, who easily won with an almost a bagel score of 6­-1 and 6-­1.

Winkler ended up playing the No.1 doubles spot with Kendra Bunch and won their doubles match 6­-0. Bunch also won her singles match with a bagel in the first set, and score of 6-­4 in the second set. Anisiya Simpson, a freshman, won her singles match 6­1, 6­2 and Fiorella

Coria won her won match 6­-1 and 6-­0. Both of them played third doubles together and won with a score of 6­-1. The lady dragons triumphed over the Seahawks and carried this momentum into the next match on March 6.

They beat the NJIT with a score of 5-­2, bringing their overall season record to 9-­2.

Honami Yazawa came back from an injury to lose in the number one singles spot, 7-­6 (5), 3-­6, 6­-4 but won in her doubles match alongside Clary Rodriguez Cruz with a score of 6-­4. Cruz, played the No.2 singles spot, and also fell with the score of 6-­4 and 6­-4. Bowsher and Ryshena Providence played No.3 doubles spot and won 6­-2. They both triumphed in their singles matches too, Bowsher winning 6­-0, 7­6 (3) and Providence winning 6­-0, 7­-5. Winkler, a junior, won her singles match 6­-3, 6­-3 and Kendra Bunch won hers as well with a score of 6­-4, 6­-3. They both played No.2 doubles together and won 6­-2. This weekend was magnificent for the lady dragons, and they will be playing Saint Peter’s March 12.

The men also played Wagner University on Saturday, and came out on the winning side with a score of 5­-2.

Andrew Sinai, a freshman, played the number one singles spot and won his match in a tough three setter: 3­-6, 6-­4, 6­-2. Xabier Saavedra, also won his match with a score of 7­-5, 6­-2. Saavedra played the No.3 doubles spot alongside Vuk Subotic and won in a very close tiebreaker with a score of 7-­6 (8).

Balaji Lakshmanan played the No.3 singles spot, and lost in a very close and nail biting three-set match with a score of 2­-6, 7­-6, 7-­5. Laalej and Lakshmanan played the No.1 doubles spot and won with a score of 7­-6 (1) in a tiebreaker. Hamza Laalej also won with a score of 7-­5, 6­-3. Sinan Orhon, faced his first loss after multiple matches, losing in a third set tiebreaker; 6-­3, 2­-6, 10­-7. Orhon played alongside Ashok and won 6­-2. Overall, the match was close, but the Dragons came out on the winning side.

Winning their match on Saturday, the match on Sunday against NJIT did not look so good. The Drexel men’s tennis team fell ­0-7 to the NJIT team, making their overall record 8­-4 for the year.

Only one match resulted in a win, the No.2 doubles spot with Orhon & Ashok playing together yet again with a score of 6-­2. Andrew Sinai played number 1 singles spot, and lost 6­-3, 6­-3.

Saavedra played the No.2 singles spot, and lost 6-­1, 6­-3. Lakshmanan lost his singles

match with a bagel in the first set and 6­-4 in the second set. Laalej and Lakshmanan played

No.1 doubles together and lost 6-­2. Laalej also lost his match 6-­4, 6­-2. Sinan Orhon, lost in

another tough three-set match with a tiebreaker in the third set , 6-­3, 1-­6, 10­-4, but triumphed in his doubles.

Subotic and Saavedra lost their doubles match 6­-2 and Subotic lost his singles match in a nail biting three-set match with also a tiebreaker in the 3rd set; 6-­2, 4­-6, 10-­5. With this loss, the men’s tennis team is now 8-4 on the season. The men’s tennis team will be playing Saint Peter’s March 12 alongside the women’s team.