Edinboro tennis teams take on Daemen College

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 10:53 AM

The Edinboro University and Daemen College tennis teams started their weekend off with an hours-long match Friday at the Westwood Racquet Club in Erie, in which men achieved significant victory and women faced a close loss.

For the doubles competition on the men’s side, Daemen’s Jose Williamson III and Fabian Wilde defeated Julius Schulte and Kevin Mboko, 6-3. But wins from Edinboro’s Tommy Hsu and Nils Plutat (6-1), along with Mateus and Mauricio Santos (whom Daemen did not provide an opponent for) gave the Fighting Scots the doubles advantage.

Edinboro’s women won at the top doubles match, 6-3, but Daemen won 6-2 at the second spot and Edinboro forfeited the doubles point by not sending out a team for the third spot.

Daemen’s men’s team faced defeat all throughout singles play, with Mateus Santos, Hsu and Mauricio Santos cementing the Edinboro win with victories at the top three spots, respectively. 

Edinboro’s women took two of the top three singles spots, with Laura Lopez and Tatiana Batalla picking up two-set victories. Sophomores Hannah Brentar and Paige Morris, who are also volleyball players, are new to the women’s team this semester. They competed in the final singles matches, with Morris suffering a loss and Brentar finishing the event with victory. 

After learning about the opportunity from their coach, Brentar and Morris agreed to join and are participating for fun. They said the most enjoyable aspect is the people. 

Just “keeping the ball on the court” and giving her team a chance is Brentar’s current tennis goal.

The teams are aiming to solidify their improvements by March, according to Head Coach Kody Duncan.

“Day by day, they’re developing,” said Duncan, who knows that being one’s best in tennis is a step-by-step process, and work will include getting “kinks out of [their] game” caused by factors such as winter break and missed time.

Amber Chisholm | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com 

Christopher Rosato Jr. | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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