February 10, 2003

M. Tennis Wins Four; B.C. Drops W. Tennis

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After an upsetting loss last weekend to Penn State, the men’s tennis team dominated play at home this weekend, improving its overall record to 5-1. The Red served up 7-0 and 5-2 wins over Bucknell and Buffalo.

Doubles partners freshman Brett McKeon and junior Mike Schlappig set the stage for victory on Friday night in their defeat of Bucknell’s Aaron Saperstein and Garrett Neff 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Matt Cherner-Ranft took over the fourth spot in singles in a hard fought 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Bucknell’s Asher Salam.

Head coach Barry Schoonmaker seemed pleased with Cherner-Ranft’s performance this weekend despite, “Matt having to miss practice earlier in the week due to a diagnosis of walking pneumonia.”

Later that night, the Red’s junior Aravinda Neumann and sophomore Sunil Iyer fell short to Nick Zieziula and Randy Rochhio of Buffalo 6-3, 4-6, 12-10, accounting for Cornell’s only loss of the match.

Fourth singles player junior Julian Cheng defeated Buffalo’s Ivan Chawdani, and was the only singles player to win in straight sets. The men swept both their Saturday matches against Marist and St. John’s with 7-0 victories.

“I was afraid the guys were going to lose focus,” said Schoonmaker. “But I was pretty pleased with the team’s play against the tougher Marist and St. John’s teams.”

“We’ve got to keep on improving,” Schoonmaker said. “Our tougher matches don’t start for another month, and we can do lots of things better by the time we hit the Ivy League. Overall we did okay, we only lost one match.”

The women’s tennis team took to the road as it visited Boston College. The Eagles proved too tough for the Red, as the team fell 6-1. The Red’s lone point came from No. 3 sophomore Erika Takeuchi. Takeuchi won her match 7-6 (6), 5-7, 1-0 (6) against Morgan Landes.

Archived article by Adrienne Dunbar