February 21, 2003

M. Tennis Hosts Two Teams

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The men’s tennis team will try to improve upon its 7-1 spring mark when it hosts in-state rivals Colgate and Binghamton this weekend. The Red is coming off of an impressive weekend in which it defeated Army and Rutgers.

Last Friday, the Red defeated Army, 5-2, on the strength of brilliant singles play from juniors Julian Cheng, Aravinda Neuman, and Scott Spencer, and senior Mike Laycob. After victories by the No. 1 doubles team of junior Zach Gallin and Spencer and the No. 3 duo of freshman Brett McKeon and junior Mike Schlappig assured the Red of the doubles point, Cornell proceeded to dominate the singles competition. Laycob and Spencer defeated their opponents in straight sets at the No. 5 and No. 6 sports, respectively. Meanwhile, Cheng and Neuman held on for tough wins in the third and fourth singles slots.

Again on Saturday, the Red earned the crucial doubles point in its 4-3 win over Rutgers. The team of Gallin and Spencer, along with the pairing of Cheng and sophomore Matt Cherner-Ranft claimed victories.

The two teams split the singles portion of the match, with Cheng, Laycob, and Spencer finishing the weekend with victories in the second, fifth, and sixth spots.

Today’s opponent, Colgate, enters with a 4-1 record. The Raiders visit Cornell after having dominated St. Bonaventure in its last outing.

“Colgate is the best team we’ve played since Penn St. They’re a tough team,” Cornell coach Barry Schoonmaker said.

Binghamton, who visits tomorrow, has not had a match since playing at Cornell two weeks ago. In its last outing, the Bears won two of its three matches at Reis Tennis Center, defeating Niagara and Bucknell before falling to Marist. Binghamton enters this weekend’s action with an 8-5 mark.

“Binghamton is improved, but not as good [as Colgate],” Schoonmaker said.

Win or lose, Schoonmaker is hoping his team can maintain its high level of play.

“I’m looking for the same intensity that we had on the road last weekend,” he said. “It’s hard to play your best every time, but you just try to put yourself in the best position to win.”

Archived article by Alex Ip