Hounds drop match at Bentley
Coming off a 7-2 win against Saint Michael’s, the Assumption College Men’s Tennis team looked to keep their momentum going against Bentley in their match on Saturday, April 16.
The Greyhounds started strong in the Northeast-10 matchup. Juniors Chris Waung and Marco Leung kicked things off with an 8-6 win in the No. 1 doubles match over Bentley’s Brendan McCarthy and George Semander.
In the No. 2 match, sophomore Ryan Foster and first-year Reb Mariano ended up in a 7-2 tiebreaker. The Hounds kept up their winning streak going and earned a close 9-8 win. Juniors Casey Hodor and Tom Knight ended up losing the No. 3 doubles match 8-4.
Going in to the singles matches, the Greyhounds were up 2-1.
Unfortunately, the singles matches didn’t go the Greyhounds’ way this weekend. Waung was the only player who won his singles match, defeating Bentley’s No. 1 player McCarthy with a clean sweep of 6-2, 6-3, continuing his personal winning streak in the No. 1 seat for Assumption.
The other Hounds fell in similar straight sets, save for Mariano who managed to hang on for three sets. Mariano decisively took the first set 6-1, and unfortunately lost the second in a 7-4 tiebreaker. In the third set, he fell 6-4.
Ultimately, the score ended up being 6-3 overall in Bentley’s favor. Waung, who is also a NE-10 SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) Representative, said, “sometimes your team’s just not going to have a great day, today’s one of those days and we’re not going to let it bring us down too far. We’re playing again soon and we’re just going to have to rally.”
“It’s good to have better knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses,” Waung said. The Greyhounds’ team synergy clearly outclassed that of Bentley, as the doubles matches made evident.
“What’s especially good is that none of our team is graduating this year, so we can build off of everything in this season and even carry all that experience over to next year too,” Waung explained.
With the loss, the Men’s Tennis team dropped to 3-4 overall and still have a shot at making playoffs.
In the coming weeks, the team hopes that they will be able to rally and secure a qualification for this year’s playoffs.
“It’s important to focus on where we go from here, we have to learn from this loss and get better as we go,” Waung added.