March 8, 2006

M. Tennis Skunks Colgate

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The men’s tennis team routed Colgate yesterday, 7-0, to improve to 6-3 on the spring season and extend its win streak to three matches.

Head coach Barry Schoonmaker rested some of his top players such as senior co-captain Brett Mckeon and sophomore Rory Heggie, but his team still had no trouble dismantling the Raiders.

“Right from the start I think our guys were pretty tough; they really didn’t let the Colgate guys get in the match,” Schoonmaker said.

Juniors Josh Raff, Nick Brunner, and Freshman Josh Goldstein were especially tough on Colgate, as all cruised to victories 6-1, 6-0 in their singles matches at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 spots, respectively.

Freshman Kyle Doppelt and sophomore Tongle Yu both won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, and 6-3, 6-0 respectively.

Brunner especially impressed Schoonmaker.

“[Brunner] has been on some sort of ferocious roll for us right now,” Schoonmaker said. “He’s playing awful tough tennis right now.”

Junior Dan Brous had the toughest match at No. 3. After dropping the first set, Brous bounced back to win the match to ensure the Red’s sweep of the Raiders.

“He had the toughest match, but after losing the first set, he got down to business and took care of things,” Schoonmaker said.

Schoonmaker stuck with his typical lineup in doubles play with Brunner and Raff at the No. 1 spot, Brous and junior Charn Bak at No. 2, and Doppelt and Goldstein rounding out the lineup at No. 3. All three doubles pairs earned easy victories for Cornell.

While the lopsided score was impressive, coach Barry Schoonmaker put the win in perspective.

“This was a match I expected us to win, we usually do pretty well against Colgate, and I don’t think there as strong as they’ve been in recent years.”

Schoonmaker used the opportunity to get underclassman some in-match experience they’ve earned for their work in practice.

“We’ve got very good depth,” Schoonmaker said. “We’ve got a lot of good freshmen, and I’m trying to get some extra guys into the rotation.”

Even though the Cornell didn’t have to bring its A-game yesterday, Schoonmaker noted that several things must improve for this Sunday’s tilt against Stony Brook.

“I thought we could hit better returns in the doubles, and a couple of guys I’d like to see take more chances with their returns instead of playing it a little safe,” Schoonmaker said. “A few of the guys could have improved their movement on the court in getting to the ball better.”

While these problems will have to be resolved by the time Cornell opens Ivy play against Columbia April 1, the Red is instead focused on its next match.

“I look at taking things one match at a time, I don’t think it makes any sense for us to look past Stony Brook,” Schoonmaker said. “We need to have a lot of things to keep getting better for us to have a good Ivy season.”

Archived article by Mike Brennan
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