Young tennis team gaining experience


Despite winning the first match of the season, the Susquehanna men’s tennis team suffered an overall loss to Arcadia on Friday, March 11.

The team spent their spring break on the courts in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where they squared off against four strong opponents. Arcadia was Susquehanna’s fourth and final competition of the week.

Following a successful undefeated fall season, the Crusaders hit the road with confidence knowing they would be facing tougher competition than their previous schedule. What many of them didn’t expect, however, was how strong of a lineup they were actually up against.

“The opponents were strong, and the first three teams were pretty much unbeatable,” freshman Ben Ornstein said. “After losing 9-0 the first three matches, we were bent out of shape, tired and had little confidence left in our games.”

“The last match was definitely one that we could have won, but we didn’t perform because of the performances we had in our previous matches,” Ornstein said.

Freshman Ryan Seibert, in the number two singles position, was the only Susquehanna player to bring home a win from the trip. Against Arcadia, Seibert gave the Crusaders their only point of the day, winning his match 6-1, 7-5.

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Each of Seibert’s fellow teammates put up a good fight against the Knights, but, ultimately, it was not enough to grab hold of another win for Susquehanna.
Ornstein, the number one singles player on the team, and fellow freshman Alex Cocolas both lost in tight matches with respective scores of 7-6, 6-4 and 6-3, 7-5. In the number three singles position, freshman Nick Meale lost to his opponent 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.

In doubles competition, Susquehanna’s number one team of Ornstein and Seibert fell 8-4 to the Knights.

At the number two doubles position, Meale and Cocolas were lost 8-6 while freshmen teammates Alex Dove and Ashton Collins were also defeated 8-2 in number three doubles.

Although disappointed with the week’s outcome, Seibert said he sees it as a learning opportunity for the young Susquehanna team that consists almost entirely of freshman.

“Playing up against experienced competition is good for our young team,” Seibert said. “We look forward to using this experience to make a big turnaround for our upcoming conference matches.”