Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their fall seasons in early October. The Dutchmen opened the season on September 10 with back-to-back 8-1 victories over Bard College and Mount St. Mary College.
The win over Bard was highlighted by dominant singles performances from Del Schunk ’20 (6-0, 6-0) and Max McGeown ’19 (6-0, 6-1). McGeown also paired with David Bond ’20 for an 8-5 doubles win earlier in the morning.
While playing against Mount St. Mary, the pairs of McGeown-Bond, David Brown ’17-John Shanley ’18 and Justin Gold ’20-Schunk swept a trio of doubles matches to give Union an early 3-0 lead.
The Dutchmen again dominated singles play with victories from Gold (6-0, 6-0), Bond (6-0, 6-0), Schunk (6-1, 6-0) and Shanley (6-1, 6-0) to seal the overall win.
As unbeatable they looked in their first two matches, the Dutchmen looked equally as lost in their next two, dropping both by scores of 0-9 to Vassar College and Skidmore College.
The men’s team capped off the fall season with a 3-6 loss to Hamilton College on October 5.
The Dutchmen took an early 2-1 lead after back-to-back doubles wins from Zach Kaplan ’19-Ian Bank ’20 (8-5) and McGeown-Bond (9-8). The latter pair won the tie-breaking point 7-5, giving Union its first lead of the day. Kaplan accounted for the only other Dutchmen point by winning his singles match 6-3, 7-5.
The Dutchmen also participated in the Dutchmen Invitational and the ITA Northeast Regionals, but results from both did not count towards the team’s record.
The men’s team currently sits at 2-3, 1-2 in conference and will return to action on Feb. 18 at the St. Lawrence Invitational.
The Dutchwomen only competed in three matches counting towards their record this fall, dropping all three to Skidmore College (0-9), Vassar College (1-8) and Hamilton College (2-7).
The women’s team failed to score a single point in its season opener against Vassar on September 30.
Against Vassar, the Dutchwomen fell behind early 3-0 by dropping all three doubles matches.
It was captain Natalia Pronchick ’17 who registered Union’s first point of the season when she won her singles match 6-4, 7-5 over Vassar’s Shayne Becker.
The rest of the Dutchwomen failed to match Pronchick’s prediction, eventually clinching defeat when Morgane Flournoy of Vassar defeated Mina Hsia ’17 6-2, 6-3.
In their final match of the fall, the Dutchwomen scored a pair of points against Hamilton on Oct. 4.
Union fell behind 3-0 by dropping all three doubles matches.
Natalia Pezucco ’20 got the Dutchwomen on the board however by winning in the first singles match of the afternoon, coming from behind 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9).
Later in the day, Hsia rebounded with a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) singles win over Hamilton’s Lindsay Jadow.
The Dutchwomen also competed in the Union College Invitational, Canton Classic and ITA Northeast Regionals, but the results did not count towards their record.
Union sits at 0-3, 0-2 in conference action and return to the courts on March 4 against the University of Rochester, where they will look to rebound from a tough start to the 2015-16 season.