Starting Strong: Men’s Tennis Prevails Over Delaware 6-1

Lauren Whelan, Assistant Sports Editor

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If their performance in the opening meet of the season is any indication of what’s to come for the men’s tennis team, things are looking bright. At their season opener at Delaware on Feb. 1, men’s tennis handily beat their opponent 6-1 with an impressive effort from veterans and rookies alike. The Bison took wins in five of the six singles match ups, as well as in all three doubles matches. In their collegiate debut, Ben Gerber ’18, Maxwell Kane ’18, and Daniel Wright ’18 all took singles wins in addition to contributing to doubles match wins. Nick Bybel ’16 and Octavio Canibe ’15 also pitched in with a win in both their singles and doubles matches.

At the number one singles spot, Bybel faced Delaware and made short work of the match, decidedly winning two sets 6-0. This trend carried through to each of the Bison wins in the singles category—in the five Bison singles wins, every set was won by the Orange and Blue.

 Wright won every game of the match at the number four singles slot, with two 6-0 sets.

“This was definitely a big improvement from the fall,” Wright said. 

Canibe contributed a win at the number three singles slot 6-2 ,7-6, Gerber defeated Delaware’s number five singles with two 6-4 sets, and Kane rounded off the Bison victories with a 6-3, 6-0 win.

While the doubles matches were fought more closely, all three ended in a win for the Bison. The teams of Bybel/Bryan Adams ’17, Canibe/Wright, and Gerber/Kane came out on top to finish off a successful day for the Orange and Blue.

The Bison look forward to a busy upcoming weekend with three matches. The team will face Princeton, Fordham, and Hofstra as their next challengers.

“I think it will be a good test for us. We’ve put in a lot of hard work in the off season and I think we are definitely ready for it to all pay off,” Wright said.

 

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