Tennis Runs Over Rider, Hammond Makes History

Mount tennis head coach Phil Hammond earned his 100th career victory last Sunday as his men’s squad beat Rider University 5-2 during a home match. Another match against LaSalle the week before was cancelled due to rain.


Hammond, who has the reigns for the 11th consecutive season at Mount St. Mary’s, has already won 127 games with the school’s women’s tennis team. He also holds the distinction of having the most wins of any men’s coach at the Mount in team history, 47, ahead of runner-up Alicia Von Lonsberg.


Sunday’s match featured a strong showing from the Mountaineers, who swept the doubles segment before going 4-2 in singles play. The pairs of Blake/Wortkotter (8-3), Tonon/Mast (8-0), and Salam/Briscoe (8-2) won at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd spots respectively.


Austin Blake, who won at the No. 1 doubles spot with teammate Brandon Workotter, also won at the No. 1 singles spot against Phan of Rider 6-1, 6-2 to set the Mount’s tempo for the rest of the match. Darren Mast defeated Levi at the No. 3 singles spot 6-0, 6-3, and Louis Tonon bested Van Herwarde at the No. 4 spot 7-5, 6-2. Workotter rounded out the Mount’s singles success with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Begley at No. 5.


With five commanding wins and a milestone effort for their coach, the tennis teams have completed the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule. They will return to action on February 14th with a match on the road against Howard.

Ryan Golden

Managing Editor for The Mountain Echo

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