Mount Tennis Drops Season Opener

The Mount St. Mary’s University Women’s and Men’s Tennis team kicked off their spring season this past weekend in Towson, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

First, the women had a match against Towson University late on Saturday, Jan. 27. The match was not only the start to their spring season, but also their indoor season. The Towson Tigers started the match off strong, sweeping in doubles play, earning the doubles point of the match. In singles play, the Mountaineers struggled to jump back into the match, and ultimately fell to the Tigers with a score of 7-0.

The men started the next day, Sunday, Jan. 28, against George Mason University. The men kicked off their match with singles play, where they gained three points for their scoreboard. First off the court with a win was first year Parth Sharma at flight number three, who defeated his opponent in a three-set battle, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Sophomore, and co-captain, Jean Armstrong at spot number four followed suit, earning a second point for the Mount by defeating his opponent also in three sets with a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Finally, senior captain and flight number one player, Brandon Wortkotter, put another point on the board for the Mount before heading into doubles with a burst of energy in the third set. Wortkotter defeated his opponent 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-0. The Mount was tied at 3-3 in the match heading into doubles, but wasn’t able to clutch the doubles point as only the sophomore pair of Armstrong and sophomore transfer, Gabriel Santos, won their doubles match (6-2). The Mount fell, 4-3.

The women also played George Mason this past Sunday, beginning their doubles play alongside the men’s team. George Mason took the doubles point, winning two out of three matches. Winning for the Mount were the sophomore pair of Alexa Quintanilla and Hannah Davis, who defeated the Patriots pair with a score of 6-4. In singles play, the Mount picked up two points for the board from flights two and five, matches which both went to a third set tiebreaker. Senior captain Sruthi Kamprath was able to defeat her opponent in a third set tiebreaker, coming from behind to win the match 5-7, 6-1, 11-9. Also on the board for the Mount was first year Megan Smith who defeated her opponent in the fifth flight, with a score of 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.

The women will face Navy in their next match in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 3. The men will continue their season on Sunday, Feb. 4 also in Annapolis at Navy, but facing Bryant University.

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