March 29, 2004

Tennis Stays Even

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“Go west, young netters” was the order of the week for Cornell tennis, as the No. 64 ranked men’s team journeyed to Idaho for the Boise State Invitational, while the women’s squad traveled to California for a series of challenging matches. The men’s team went 2-2 in the tournament, bringing its record to 13-5. The women’s team — who had been undefeated — went 2-2 on the trip, moving its record to 6-2.

The men began the 10-team invitational with a match against Sacramento State. The Red cruised to a 6-1 victory, led by wins from seniors Zach Gallin and Scott Paltrowitz at the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively.

Next up was a match against No. 60 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi — a team that had defeated Cornell earlier this month, 4-0.

The netters did not fare much better this time around, dropping the match, 6-1. Senior Scott Spencer earned the Red’s only singles win — a three-set victory at the No. 4 spot.

However, Cornell returned to its winning ways on the third day of the tournament, defeating New Mexico State, 4-3. With each team earning three singles wins, the match ultimately came down to the doubles point. Freshmen Nick Brunner and Josh Raff won 8-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot, while the team of Gallin and Spencer earned a victory at the No. 2 doubles spot to give Cornell the crucial point.

The Red closed out the tournament with a 4-2 loss against University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Again, Cornell managed only one singles win, this time from sophomore Brett McKeon at the No. 3 spot. The Red dropped the rest of its singles matches in straight sets, although the netters did manage to take the doubles point.

The men will begin Ivy League play against Columbia April 3 in Ithaca. The women began their four-game California trip with a close 4-3 win over UC-Riverside. The Highlanders started off strong, winning the doubles point as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches. With no room for error, Cornell managed to win the rest of the singles matches and earn the victory. Junior Erika Takeuchi led the effort, winning 7-6, 6-1 at the No. 3 spot.

Next up for the netters was Cal State Fullerton, who handed Cornell its first loss the year, 5-2. Takeuchi and freshman Nisha Suda earned the Red’s only singles wins.

Cornell then defeated UC-San Diego 6-1 in a match highlighted by the Red’s only doubles point victory of the trip. Junior Akane Kokubo and Takeuchi won at the No. 1 doubles spot, while junior Melissa Tu and sophomore Mollie Edinson earned a win at No. 2 spot.

The Red ended its trip against No. 41 University of San Diego. Cornell was outmatched against a team that included two nationally-ranked players, and the Red lost 7-0.

Archived article by Ted Nyman
Sun Staff Writer