Canibe leads men’s tennis to Senior Day victory

Barbara Bell, Sports Editor

After a few cancelled games due to inclement weather, the men’s tennis team came back strong on Senior Day/Alumni Weekend on March 29 to post a 5-2 victory over visiting George Mason.

Octavio Canibe ’15, the sole senior on the team, stood out from the rest with a win in both singles and doubles on a day already recognized in his honor. Senior Day is traditionally a celebration of both the seniors’ individual and team performances. The day serves as an opportunity to recognize the contributions that a given senior athlete has made in his or her four years as part of Bison Athletics.

Canibe, for his part, posted a singles victory against George Mason’s Conor Moran on the day in an exciting back and forth of three straight sets 6-3, 5-7, and 10-8. He got assists from teammate Ben Gerber ’18 in his easily-overcome doubles victory.

The veteran tennis player, with an important and stand-alone performance under his belt, is ninth on the program’s career wins list in singles. His record in singles is now 56-55, while his doubles record is 50-45.

In addition to Canibe, also on the singles wins list against George Mason is Nick Bybel ’16 who broke men’s tennis program history for most singles wins at a whopping 77 wins just last week. Bybel also won at the top spot for doubles along with teammate Bryan Adams ’17. 

The Bison move their overall season record up to 9-6, and boast a winning streak of four. They will head into Patriot League play on Thursday, April 2 with a home match against Lafayette.

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