February 16, 2001

Tennis at Home

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Cornell men’s tennis hosts St. Bonaventure Sunday, while the women will entertain a slue of opponents this weekend. The lady netters will face Syracuse on Friday, the University of Massachusetts and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County on Saturday, and close out with Binghamton on Sunday.

The men are looking to get off on the right foot for the upcoming spring season with a team victory.

“We are looking to really take it to St. Bonavanture this Sunday,” said coach Barry Schoonmaker.

It is not expected for St. Bonaventure to give the Big Red too much of a challenge, as Cornell is placing a trio of freshman into the lineup at the three, five and six positions.

Senior captain Mike Halperin feels that this “will offer the freshman some valuable match experience. It will also help bond the team.”

The playing time that the freshman get this Sunday will make them upperclassmen by the end of the spring season. In the fall, there was much more individualism on the team. In contrast, the spring season is all about the team concept.

Both the men’s and women’s team head into the weekend healthy and hungry for competition.

“The team has been practicing against each other for much of the early portion of the spring semester and are anxious for some real game action,” exclaimed Schoonmaker.

The women will most certainly get their fill as they face four teams this weekend in the Cornell Invitational.

Binghamton has scheduled only Division I teams this year as this is their last year as a Division II team. Massachusetts comes into Ithaca after getting trounced by Yale, 7-0 last weekend. UMBC beat Hofstra last weekend, 6-1. A young Syracuse team visits East Hill after having been bounced by BC, 5-2.

The Big Red women look to take advantage of the weekend’s matches to sharpen up their skills for the upcoming spring season against a strong Ivy League schedule.

Archived article by Donald Lee