Men’s Tennis Defeated By Mary Washington, 6-3

Fredericksburg, Va. † The Washington College men’s tennis team was defeated by the Mary Washington Eagles, 6-3, on Sunday morning. The Shoremen drop to 2-3 while the Eagles improve to 4-2.

The Eagles won two of the three doubles matches to open the day. Rishi Charan Shankar and Nick Spera edged junior Karl Hoegstedt and senior Andrew Smith by an 8-7 (8-3 tie-break) score on the No. 1 court. The Shoremen picked up a win at No. 2 doubles as senior Koby Bonta and junior Landon Strober teamed up to defeat Moses Hutchinson and Priyan Desilva, 8-6. The hosts won at the No. 3 spot as Peter Leese and Cole Tecce downed sophomore Ryohei kawai and freshman Brady Burns8-4.

Washington College received a pair of victories in singles competition as Strober and Kawai came up with great performances. Strober won at the No. 2 slot as it took down Spera, 7-5, 6-2. Kawai bested Leese in a thrilling three-set match at No 3 singles, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6.

How it Happened
doubles:
#1 Doubles – Both teams hero serve all the way to the tiebreaker. After fending off a couple of break points, the Shoremen duo had a couple of break points themselves at 6-6, but were unable to capitalize.
#2 Doubles – The match started off well for the Shoremen with an early break in the 1st game. Bonta and Strober won multiple no-ad points before losing their break advantage at 5-4. They bounced back and were able to break again at 6-6 and then sealed the match on another no-ad point.
#3 Doubles – The visitors started off great by breaking serve immediately. The next six games, however. all went to the eagles. After attempting a late comeback, Burns and Kawai eventually fell 4-8.

singles:
#1 Singles – Hoegstedt started slow out of the gates and saw the first set slip away, dropping it 2-6. After going down and early break in the 2nd set, he managed to find his game and played much better. However, Hoegstedt dropped a tiebreaker in the second set and lost the match.
#2 Singles – Strober started off fast and although his opponent came back and evened the first set at five, he found a way to take the set 7-5. The second set was more routine for Strober, who finished the match winning 6-2.
#3 Singles- Kawai had a slow start to the match and too many errors caused him to drop the set 2-6. He was able to turn the page and flip the match in his favor by taking the second set in convincing fashion 6-2. The super tiebreak was very close from the start, until Kawai ran away with a lead and won 10-6.
#4-6 Singles: Bonta, Burns, and freshman Aaradith Ravichandran all lost in straight sets. Each had their chances but too many errors ultimately cost them.

Quotes from Coach Herman
“I think today was the best we have shown on the doubles courts all year. We were in every match and we are a couple of points away from being up 2-1. The guys played well. We’ve worked on being more aggressive and making better decisions. We can build off this doubles performance.”

“I think in singles we perhaps got a bit too satisfied and started off slow. We lost 5 of 6 first sets very quickly. We were able to turn it into a match in the second sets, but against teams of this level, we can “t let that happen! We still had our chances and overall, we will take a lot of positives from this match and look to keep getting better. We have a lot of work to do still!”

Up Next
The Shoremen will take on Ithaca in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Tuesday at 10:00 am

Mary Washington 6, Washington College 3
Mar 13, 2022 at Fredericksburg, Va. (Indoor Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Rishi Charan Shankar (UMW) def. Karl Hoegstedt (WC) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Landon Strober (WC) def. Nick Spera (UMW) 7-5, 6-2
3. Ryohei Kawai (WC) def. Peter Leese (UMW) 2-6, 6-2, 10-6
4. Artis Hart (UMW) def. Koby Bonta (WC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Priyan Desilva (UMW) def. Brady Burns (WC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Andrew Cooper (UMW) def. A. Ravichandran (WC) 6-0, 6-3

Match Notes
Washington College 2-3
Mary Washington 4-2
T-4:30 A-25

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