Men’s, women’s tennis earn big victories

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By Emily Jodway

Staff Writer

The Alma College women’s and men’s tennis teams hosted Concordia University on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31. The women were able to take advantage of the temporary good weather and play outside, while the men had to move indoors to the Stone Recreational Center mid-match during a spring downpour.

The women put on their game faces and won by an 8-1 margin, their third win this season.

They took all six singles matches; Megan Solano (’16), Paige Pontious (’16) and Claudia Barajas (’17) completely shutting out their opponents and winning their sets 6-0, 6-0.

“It was nice to sweep the singles events and already be up 2-1 after the doubles,” Head Coach Chris Sandro said. “[Nicki Malekadeli (’16)] had to come back from being a set down in her match and it was great to see her battle back and get the win. Claudia at four seed and [Matilda Ennis (’18)] at five got nice singles wins too.”

The girls also won two of their three doubles matches 8-2 and 8-5. The doubles teams of Solano /Malekadeli and Pontious/Barajas faced off against their Concordia opponents and emerged victorious.

“It was nice to see some of the younger girls with less experience get some great wins,” coach Sandro said. Ennis and Barajas are two of the underclassmen on the team who earned wins in their singles and doubles matches.

The girls return to action on Friday when they host Adrian College, and play again at home on Sunday against Kalamazoo College.

The men’s team also earned a great victory last week, shutting out the competition and defeating Concordia 9-0. The guys won all of their singles and doubles matches that afternoon, despite the frantic relocation indoors.

Five of the six men playing singles that day blanked their opponents with 6-0, 6-0 wins. Bryan Schutte (’17), Luke Van Fleet (’18), Grant Hill (’17), Noah Ackerman (’18) and Damien Arthur (’17) all had 6-0 sweep wins. The team also won all its doubles matches, the teams of Jared Guy (’16)/ Schutte and Van Fleet/Arthur winning theirs with an easy 8-0 set decision.

The men will play again when they host Kalamazoo College on April 5 at 4 p.m.

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