Men’s Tennis: You Win Some, You Lose Some

The Mount St. Mary’s University Men’s Tennis team had a long few weeks, competing in four conference matches and three out of conference matches. To start the long two weeks, the Mount men traveled to Hershey, where they faced Bucknell University. The Mount took the early advantage in the match by winning the doubles point on courts one and three. Mateo DeSomocurcio and Darren Mast were able to edge past their opponents with a score of 7-5 while Louis Tonon and Brandon Wortkotter beat their opponents 6-2. In singles action, DeSomocurcio and Peter Landis were able to put two more points on the board, DeSomocurcio’s in three sets, but it was not enough as Mount fell to Bucknell 4-3.

Next on the schedule, the team took a road trip up to Rhode Island to face the first of many conference teams of the weekend; Bryant. Bryant took control of the match from the very start sweeping in doubles to win the doubles point. Bryant then took five out of the six singles matches on the court, some just edging past Mount. Peter Landis was able to put a point on the board for the Mount on court five when he defeated his opponent in three sets. The final score of the match was 6-1.

The team then stopped to play Sacred Heart, another conference match, on the way back down to Maryland. The Mount started off strong by winning the doubles point with two out of the three matches from DeSomocurcio/Mast and Tonon/Wortkotter. In singles play, Mount kept the momentum earning five more points to claim the match with a score of 6-1. DeSomocurcio was able to defeat his opponent rather quickly in flight one with a score of 6-2, 6-3 while Tonon was able to gain another point by winning with an injury default after almost almost two full sets. Mast and Wortkotter, on courts two and four, were able to sneak past their opponents, both winning matches that went to three sets. Jean Armstrong was able to gain another point for the Mount by defeating his opponent 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Back in Maryland, the Mount was able to host a match against Wagner, another conference team, at Westwinds, their home indoor courts. Wagner was able to clutch the doubles point against the Mount by winning the first two flights of doubles, but not getting the sweep due to a close win by Tonon/Wortkotter in the third flight. The Mount was able to regain the lead after both DeSomocurcio and Mast came off the courts with two singles wins followed by Landis before Wagner responded with three more wins to edge past the Mount 4-3.

On March 30, Mount was able to return to its home courts on campus to face Coppin State where they would sweep every match on the court for a 7-0 win. A few days later on April 1, the men traveled to Virginia to face James Madison University. JMU was able to take the doubles point at the start of the match by winning all three matches. They weren’t able to make a full sweep, however, due to a  win from DeSomocurcio in singles play. DeSomocurcio split sets with his opponent but was able to defeat him in a close tiebreaker making the score of the match 6-1.

The most recent match for the team was against Farleigh Dickinson on Mount’s home courts on April 2. The Mount wasn’t able to clutch the doubles point, but Tonon/Wortkotter were able to win their doubles match with ease with a score of 6-1. The Mount was able to grab two points with wins in the first flight from DeSomocurcio and the sixth flight from Armstrong.

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