Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Spring Starts

Match #1 is in the books and the men's tennis team is 1-0 in the spring. It was really nice to beat Malone because we not only got the spring off to a good start, but we avenged losses of the last 2 years.

The match started off well with the team of Eliot Heaton and Logan Chun demolishing their opponents at #3 doubles by a score of 8-0. Juniors Joe Leffler and Sam Towne followed this with a win of their own at #2 doubles (8-6). Ben Turchin and Charlie Marks had their chances at #1 but fell in a tiebreaker to make our lead 2-1 after doubles.

In singles we started well, but Malone didn't roll over for us. The guys had to fight for almost every court. Eventually we won the 1, 4, 5, and 6 spots with Joe Leffler capturing the clinching point at #5 in dominating fashion (6-1, 6-0). The final score - Oberlin 6 Malone 3

We are working hard this week taking what we learned from the Malone match and use that this week when we take on NCAC west opponent Wabash. I expect a tough match from the little giants, but feel that if we come out with confidence and energy we'll be able to come out with another win.

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"Practice does not make the athlete. It is the quality and intensity of practice that makes the athlete, not just repeated practicing."
- Ray Meyer, long-time DePaul basketball coach

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