April 14, 2003

Men's Tennis Splits Two

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The men’s tennis team took one of two matches this weekend on the road, edging out Dartmouth, 4-3, on Friday, before falling to No. 41 Harvard, 5-2, on Saturday. The loss to Harvard dropped the Red to 2-2 in the Ivy League and 15-6 overall.

Against the Green (10-9, 0-2 Ivy), the Red took three singles matches in a row, and won the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The junior duo of Aravinda Neumann and Scott Paltrowitz took the third doubles spot by a score of 8-4, while classmates Julian Cheng and Michael Schlappig took the No. 2 spot, 8-5.

Freshman Brett McKeon and Schlappig took their singles matches in straight sets at the No. 3 and No. 5 spots, while the most consistent singles player for the Red, junior Scott Spencer, won a hard fought match at the No. 4 spot.

“We’ve been winning the key points when we’ve needed them,” said Spencer. “We are all stepping up and playing hard.”

Spencer and Paltrowitz accounted for all the Red’s scoring against the Crimson (13-8, 3-0). Spencer won his singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot, while Paltrowitz battled for a three-set victory at the No. 2 spot.

Women’s Team

Meanwhile, the women’s tennis team got swept at home this weekend by Harvard and Dartmouth to fall to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in Ivy League play.

The Crimson (15-3, 3-0) dominated the Red 7-0, winning every set in singles play en route to the sweep. Harvard also won the doubles point, sweeping all three spots.

The Red had slightly more success against Dartmouth (6-8, 0-1), thanks to the duo of senior Akane Kokubo and sophomore Nicole Chiu, who each won their singles matches in straight sets, at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots, respectively, and teamed up to win their doubles match at the No. 1 spot.

The Red took the doubles point with a victory at the No. 3 spot by sophomores Erika Takeuchi and Melissa Tu, by a score of 8-5. The Red almost stole the match, but Tu was outlasted at the No. 6 singles spot in three sets, after winning the first. The women make their first Ivy road trip next weekend when they travel to New Haven and Providence to face Yale and Brown.

Archived article by Chris Mascaro