Author: Ryan Graff
The men’s tennis team (0-2 conference, 4-9 overall) arguably has one of the toughest schedules this season, compared to previous years. They have played the majority of their matches against nationally ranked opponents and have struggled with a set doubles lineup, both of which may suggest their rather pedestrian record.
Despite this, the men are led by strong captain Stefan Pastor (senior) and have had some glimmering moments thus far. They earned a win in their first match of the season at Glendale Community College and have also posted victories against Hardin-Simmons University, Hendrix and most recently swept Austin College 9-0 on March 13.
A few days later, their luck changed, however. The team lost to Amherst College 7-2 and to Stevens 6-3 on March 16 and 17, respectively. Matches that were supposed to take place over the weekend and on Monday were cancelled due to rain.
Leading the way for the Tigers so far is Jeremy Shapiro (first-year), who has earned the number one singles spot. He provides the Tigers with young talent and will be a player to watch for in future years.
Spencer Choy (sophomore) and Stephen Perkins (sophomore) have also stood out. This pair has earned the number one doubles spot for the Tigers and leads the way with a best 5-8 doubles record.
Individually, Choy plays in the number three singles spot and Perkins plays in the five slot. Choy has a personal record of 4-9, while Perkins has posted an impressive 9-3 standing. Both players are optimistic about the rest of the season.
“We are not discouraged with our poor overall record so far. Things will turn our way as the season progresses,” Choy said.
The tennis team came into this season with an understanding that this year would be challenging, both from a scheduling standpoint and being an inexperienced team. They are continuing to work hard to make improvements as they near the end of the season.
“We know we’re talented. Everything will come together in the second half [of the season] and in future years,” Perkins said.
With only five matches remaining, the men will strive to finish hard. Coach Michael Guice is motivating his players for the SCIAC Tournament that begins on April 22. The Tigers will take the court again on March 27 at home against Middlebury at 9:30 a.m.
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