Men’s tennis struggles, loses five games during spring break

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 5:26 PM

The Edinboro men’s tennis team went winless over their spring break trip, going 0-5.

The team began their journey with a visit to Wilson, North Carolina where they took on Barton College on March 10. 

Edinboro led against the Bulldogs after doubles at 2-1, but they would eventually fall as the Bulldogs rallied to win five out of the six singles matches. Kevin Mboko and Mateus Santos each held out for a third set in their singles turns, but both fell in the end. Vitor Albanese came out with Edinboro’s lone win in singles. 

The Fighting Scots then traveled to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where they played the rest of the four games in the trip.

Against Lenoir-Rhyne University on March 12, Daniel Fernandez and Mauricio Santos both won singles matches, though their victories needed all three sets. These wins gave Edinboro its only two points of the contest. Mateus Santos narrowly dropped his match in the last set and Edinboro’s doubles teams lost all of their matches, leading to a final score of 7-2.

The Edinboro match against George Mason on March 14 started late as rain delayed the action. When play eventually began, Albanese and Fernandez were the only doubles team to win. Albanese and Mboko were the only two players to win their singles matches, and Edinboro finished with a 6-3 loss. 

The rain continued into the week and forced a shortened match against the University of Missouri - St. Louis on March 15. The Fighting Scots dropped all three doubles matches. Albanese and Fernandez held out for a third set in their singles matches, but both lost. With Mateus Santos then unable to finish his match, ‘Boro fell 6-0. 

The Scots ended their spring break play against Northwood University on March 16. Edinboro once again dropped all of their doubles matches. Albanese found himself having to play a third set in his singles match yet again, and this time he came out with the win. Mboko’s opponent retired, giving ‘Boro the point, but Mateus Santos retired to give Northwood a point of their own. The match ended 7-2.

Albanese won three of his five singles matches and helped win two of his five doubles matches. Mboko won three out of his five singles matches during the trip. 

Edinboro returns home with a 6-6 overall record after starting the season 6-1. They are 2-0 in PSAC play. They play again at their indoor home, the Westwood Racquet Club, on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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