Last weekend, as most of the College celebrated the arrival of the last full month of the academic year with Springfest, the men’s and women’s tennis teams were busy relishing the final moments of their respective seasons.
The men’s team struggled this season. With just a single win this spring, the Dutchmen closed out their overall record for the year at 2-14. This result marks not only four consecutive seasons with three or fewer wins for the Dutchmen, but tallies ten years since the men’s team has finished a season with more than four total wins.
Additionally, after starting the spring season off with a 1-4 record, the Dutchmen won only two contests in their final nine matches to close out the year on a nine-match losing streak.
On another note, the men’s team will look to bring back plenty of youth, as they will graduate only one senior this year in Spencer Fontein ’16. Fontein was a key component of the team and had a strong career, highlighted by Liberty League All-Academic team selections in both his sophomore and junior years.
On the contrary, the women’s team had a strong year with success in both their fall and spring seasons. After struggling last year, the Dutchwomen were able to catapult themselves to a solid 9-7 overall record.
This spring was highlighted by a six-match winning streak that helped the Dutchwomen to be victorious in six of their last eight competitions. Unfortunately, back-to-back late season conference losses against RPI and William Smith forced the women’s team out of postseason play and put their conference record at 2-5 to end the year.
On an individual level, the Dutchwomen were led by Julianne Loree ’18 and Natalia Pronchick ’17 who boasted team highs in singles wins with 9-7 records. Additionally, in doubles competitions, Pronchick, a co-captain of the team, finished the year with a team-high ten wins by the end of the year. The Dutchwomen will graduate one senior, Hayley Lough ‘16, who will finish her career with 23 singles wins and 45 overall wins, not to mention two appearances on the Liberty League All-Academic team.
Both teams should come into next year feeling optimistic, with plenty of talent returning on each side.