By Kevin Hornibrook
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams competed on Sunday, Feb. 23, as the men picked up their first loss of the season against Babson College and the women remained perfect with their eighth win over Wellesley College.
The women’s team took down Wellesley College in an expedient fashion, as Wellesley dropped their first dual match of their season and the College moved on to an impressive season total of 8-0.
The women’s team dominated doubles, winning each of the three sets in 13 games or less. Freshmen Charlotte Roarty and Jenny Landells started with a convincing 8-3 win. Freshmen Anusha Rangu and Alexa Vasile finished their set next, winning 8-4. The sophomore team of Katherine Luddy and Liya Davidov also won, remaining undefeated together at 6-0.
The dominance continued in singles play. Luddy followed with a straight set win that put the College in striking distance to clinch the match. Roarty delivered next with a 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4 score to win the match for the team. Davidov’s 6-0, 4-6 and 6-0 win at first singles made the victory sweeter.
Both Roarty and Luddy have yet to lose a singles match in dual-match play, with 7-0 and 5-0 records, respectively.
Wellesley College took the final three points after the match had been decided, rounding out the final score at 6-3.
An hour later and three miles away, the men’s team suffered a 6-3 loss against Babson, sending the Lions to a 1-1 record on the year. Babson continues its successful season, 4-1.
The College started well, winning two of the three doubles sets. Seniors Thomas Wright and Gokul Murugesan earned an 8-3 win as freshmen Nick Matkiwsky and Akul Telluri followed with a competitive 8-7 victory.
Babson College began to run away with the match once singles matches got going, winning all but one of six points. Four of their wins came in straight sets. Sophomore Matthew Michibata took his opponent to a third set, losing 1-6.
Matkiwsky, at the fourth singles spot, had the Lions only point in a three-set win that came down to a tiebreaker.
The men’s team at the College looks to rebound when they come home for their next match against Haverford College on Friday, Feb. 28. The women hope to remain undefeated against Dickinson the following day on Saturday, Feb. 29.