March 5, 2007

Men’s, Women’s Tennis Remain Unbeaten

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It’s been a busy weekend at the Reis Tennis Center. Following this weekend’s events, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams remain unbeaten on the year.

The women’s tennis team remains undeafeated after its 6-1 win over the previously undefeated Buffalo team on Saturday. Despite a hard fought loss in the first singles match, the women won the rest of the singles and doubles matches. In the first singles match against her Buffalo opponent, sophomore Elizabeth Googe lost after an intense battle that culminated in a ten point tie breaker with scores of 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
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The players felt a little pressure on Saturday playing a team that was also unbeaten and the Red aimed to maintain their own undefeated status.

“Everyone came out ready to play and we swept the doubles point. Buffalo had beaten Syracuse already this season so I was impressed that we won so handily,” Googe said.

Seniors Kasia Prenata, Nisha Suda and freshman Susan Sullivan all rallied to effectively defeat their Buffalo opponents. Googe and Sullivan united to win their doubles match, as did the other pairs, sophomores Catherine Duboc and Shayna Miller, and Tamara John and Prenata.

The Red continued their unbeaten record with a comfortable win over Stony Brook on Sunday with a score of 6-1.

“Today’s win was a chance for some of our players who aren’t normally in the singles lineup to get some match experience. They really stepped it up and fought hard,” Googe said.

The men’s team narrowly beat Buffalo with a score of 4-3 early Sunday morning in the first of two meets in the day. Senior Dan Brous and junior Rory Heggie won the first place doubles 8-4, but the second doubles team of sophomore Kyle Doppelt and Josh Goldstein lost in a close match of 8-6. Unfortunately, the Red lost the third doubles and therefore could not win the doubles point as they went into the singles matches.

Senior Nick Brunner won first singles with set scores of 6-1 and 6-2. After three grueling sets, Brous lost in the second singles match. The Red notched another win from Sophomore Peter Kung at No. 5 and Weston in three sets at No. 6. After all of this, according to Brunner, “it came down to our No. 3, Kyle Doppelt, who saved a match point and clinched the victory over Buffalo.”