BY PAT DELP – STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna men’s tennis team was defeated in straight sets on April 13 when they took on Scranton at home. The Landmark Conference match was a crucial matchup, but the Crusaders couldn’t quite top the Royals.
In the number one doubles match, freshmen Ben Ornstein and Ryan Seibert were taken down by a score of 8-1. The same score line would be seen in the number three doubles match, which was played by freshmen Alex Dove and Ashton Collins. Despite competing well in the number two doubles spot, Nick Meale and Alex Cocolas were edged out 8-6.
The struggles would continue for Susquehanna in the singles matches. Ornstein was defeated in his number one singles match 6-1, 6-2.
The trend would continue for Seibert in his number two singles match up, in which he was dropped 6-0, 6-1. Next up was Meale, followed by Cocolas, who were defeated 6-3, 6-2, and 6-4, 6-1 in the number three and four single matches respectively.
The day was rounded off by the number five and six singles matches, in which Dove and Collins both participated in. They were defeated 6-2, 6-3, and 6-0, 6-0 in their individual matches. The loss was tough for the young Crusaders, as they were handled well by the Royals on the day.
Despite this tough loss, Susquehanna will look to bounce back as they continue their season at home on Saturday, April 30 against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The Susquehanna women’s tennis team had more success this past week, pulling out a tight 5-4 victory on senior day against Drew on April 16. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the competition, but Susquehanna managed to emerge victorious at the end of the day.
The Crusaders got off to a strong start, getting out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play.
Although junior Alyssa Fleishman and partner Abagail Ransom were defeated 8-1 in the number one doubles match, the team would rally behind them. Sophomore Linsey Sipple and senior Allison Lobell began the comeback with a hard fought 9-8 win in the number two doubles match, followed by another tough win by number three doubles partners Eliza Griffin and Megan Rudloff by the same score of 9-8.
Going into singles play, the Crusaders gave up their lead when both Sipple and Rudloff lost in their number two and three spots by scores of 6-3, 6-1, and 6-2, 6-3 respectively. The Crusaders would bounce right back when Fleishman was able to defeat her opponent 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the number one singles match.
As the lone senior on the team, Lobell was able to push the Crusaders ahead on the score board when she won her number five singles match by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
Tied going into the final match of the day, Griffin clinched the victory as she won in a comeback victory 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the number four singles match.
Although Susquehanna only had one senior being honored, they dideverything they could to ensure she would be victorious.