Men’s and women’s tennis go 1-1, 0-2 over weekend

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Men’s tennis competed in a pair of matches this past Saturday, falling to Hobart College 9-0 in its first match of the day before topping SUNY Dehli 9-0 later in the afternoon. In the morning match, Hobart was in control for the entirety of the match. Ian Bank ’20 came the closest to scoring a point of the Dutchmen in the singles matches, falling to Hobart’s Colin Molloy 6-3, 6-3 in No. 6 singles. Bank again came close to scoring a point for Union along with doubles partner Zach Kaplan ’19, who fell to the Hobart duo of Alan Dubrovsky and John Salita 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. It was a different story later in the day for the Dutchmen. As dominant as Hobart was in the morning match, Union was equally dominant in its afternoon match against Dehli. In singles, the Dutchmen dropped just ten games total, while winning in straight-set wins in all six matches. Kaplan got it started with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Lac Van before David Brown ’17 won all twelve games in a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Shaquille Hamilton. Bank also swept all twelve of his games, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Tony Angioli. Sam Varsano ’19 topped Brock Boniman 6-1, 6-1. Thomas Andre ’20 took down Masaya Tanabe 6-0, 6-2, before Matt Gracer ’18 finished off the singles matches with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Joe O’Halloran. In doubles, it was once again complete domination from the Dutchmen, who dropped only four games total in the three matches. Justin Gold ’20 and Del Schunk ’20 began with an 8-1 win over Van and Angioli. Andre and David Bond ’20 followed up with an 8-0 shutout over Hamilton and Broniman, before Gracer and Varsano completed the 9-0 win with an 8-3 victory over Tanabe and O’Halloran. The victory improved the Dutchmen 5-11, 1-4 in Liberty League play. The men’s team will next face St. Lawrence College on April 28 at 4 p.m. on the Union courts. Women’s tennis also played a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to St. Lawrence 7-2 on Friday before dropping a Sunday match against William Smith 6-3. The Dutchwomen dropped all three doubles matches against the Saints, but started off singles with consecutive victories from Natalia Pezzuco ’20 and Natalia Pronchick ’17. Pezzuco collected a come-from-behind No. 1 singles victory. After falling behind 0-6 in the first set, Pezzuco rallied for a 7-5 second set win before winning the tiebreaker set 1-0 (10-3). Pronchick defeated her No. 2 singles opponent 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Lia Peterson clinched the victory for St. Lawrence with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Alex Greenberg ’19 in No. 4 singles. On Senior Day, Pronchick ended her career at the Union courts on a high note, pairing with Greenberg for an 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles before topping Michaelann Denton 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Pezzuco and Paige Webster ’19 registered the other Union point, completing a No. 1 doubles victory over William Smith’s top pair 8-5. The two losses dropped the Dutchwomen’s record to 7-9, 2-4 in Liberty League play. Women’s tennis will complete its regular season on April 30 gainst RPI.


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