Four athletes competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals for the men’s tennis team on Oct. 16-19 in its last tournament of the fall season. Playing against tough competition, the Bison gained valuable experience to carry over into the off-season.
The Orange and Blue began the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with Maxwell Kane ’18 and Octavio Canibe ’15 both participating in qualifying matches on the day. Kane defeated opponents from George Mason and Temple to qualify for his first ever collegiate tournament. Canibe, on the other hand, fell to an opponent from Saint Joseph’s in the second round of qualifying, ending his fall season for the Bison.
Unfortunately, Kane also faced a stout competitor as the tournament continued, losing to an opponent from Richmond. Daniel Wright ’18 was also defeated in the first round of singles play by a William and Mary player. In doubles play, Wright and Canibe lost to a duo from Temple in the first round, while Kane and Nick Bybel ’16 fell to a pair from Duquesne.
As competition began on day three, Bybel was the only member of the Bison squad who remained in play in the singles bracket. Bybel made quick work of his opponents on the day from both William and Mary and Virginia Tech in order to advance to the round of 16. Bybel faced a Virginia opponent next, the seventh seed in the tournament. Despite his efforts, he fell to his opponent 6-2, 6-2 and was knocked out of the competition. Bybel’s season ended with a 16-2 overall singles record, as well as a 2-1 record in the tournament.
The Orange and Blue will continue to work on individual and team weaknesses as they move into the off-season. Duals play will begin for the squad in February.