The Mount St. Mary’s University Men’s Tennis team headed down to Florida to escape the cold mountain air and prepare for their spring season over spring break. The men spent a week in the Sunshine State where they faced four teams from all across the East.
The Mount Men’s team started off the trip with a match against Butler on Sunday, March 5. The Mount battled with Butler but ultimately fell 6-1. The top two doubles flights fell with a score of 6-3, while Darren Mast and Brandon Wortkotter won their match in the third flight. The pair pulled through a 7-5 win, but unfortunately was not counted to the match score.
As for singles, the Mount was not able to produce four wins to secure the match, but saw fight from two players. Sophomore, Peter Landis put up a fight at the number five spot, ultimately falling to Butler in two close sets. Wortkotter produced once again, putting up the only point on the scoreboard for the Mount after a close three-set win at the sixth flight. Wortkotter was down 1-6 in the first set and came back in the second set to win 6-3, and secure the win with a tiebreaker with a score of 10-6.
Next, Mount played Valporaiso, a team hailing from Indiana. The Mount went down in straight sets against the team, losing the match 7-0.
The third match of the trip would put the Mount against Michigan’s Grand Valley State at the brand new USTA National Campus. The men started the match by losing all three of their doubles matches, losing the first point of the match. The boys came back to compete during their singles matches, winning three points for the Mount. Mast won the second flight, winning in two close sets with a score of 7-6, winning the set tiebreaker 7-5, 6-1. Winning the other two matches was Wortkotter winning the first set 7-6, losing the second 4-6, but winning the tiebreaker 10-8. Finally, gaining the third point was Jean Armstrong, defeating Grand Valley 6-1,6-4. The Mount ultimately lost 3-4.
Thursday morning brought the men’s fourth match of the trip where they faced Norfolk State. Norfolk State only brought four men to the match so the third doubles as well as fifth and sixth singles was defaulted to the Mount. Mast paired with Mateo DeSomocurcio picked up a doubles win with a score of 6-4 to earn the first doubles point of the trip for the Mount. Wortkotter picked up his third win of the trip, defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-3 and picking up the win 4-3 for the Mount on their final leg of the trip.
The boys will continue their season this weekend as they head to Monroeville, PA to face Niagara and St. Francis (PA).
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