Men’s Tennis falls to Army after upsetting Colgate

Ally Furbay, Senior Writer

The Orange and Blue men’s tennis team defeated fourth-seeded Colgate on April 17 in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament, but unfortunately, a loss to Army on April 18 ended the men’s tennis season. They finish with a 14-9 overall season.

The Orange and Blue lost to Colgate in the regular season on April 4 by a score of 4-3. As a result, the win over the Raiders in the quarterfinals could not have been a more satisfying victory. The match two weeks ago hinged on one player’s shoulder’s: Daniel Wright ’18, who lost in three sets. During the Patriot League quarterfinal match, Wright came out with a vengeance and defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-3 ensuring a win for the Bison.

Adding to Wright’s dominating win were doubles pairs Nick Bybel ’16 and Bryan Adams ’17 with an 8-1 win over Raider opponents, as well as Octavio Canibe ’15 and Ben Gerber ’18 winning 8-6.

Bybel’s winning streak of 20 matches in singles could not be broken this game as he easily pulled out a victory winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Adams also stepped up after being defeated in the last Colgate match and defeated the same opponent this time 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.

The semifinal match on April 18 against Army unfortunately eliminated the Bison from the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Their season came to a close with a 4-2 loss. Bybel and Adams performed well in their doubles match once again, but Army won the remaining two doubles matches, as well as four out of six singles matches.

The men’s tennis team should have a strong showing next season. Bybel is coming off his 21st consecutive win, and with only one senior leaving, the team roster should be consistent.

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