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Men’s tennis excels at NJIT Winter Invite

Sarah Dimock, Staff Writer

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The Bison men’s tennis team traveled to Newark, N.J. on Jan. 26 to compete in NJIT’s Winter Invite. This two-day competition between Hofstra, NJIT, Wagner, and the Bison consisted of three singles matches and three doubles matches in a round-robin format.

 

The Bison came into the first day of the tournament with two tough losses from the week before against Wofford and No. 6 North Carolina. Utilizing the tough competition faced the prior week to fuel their momentum, the team accumulated seven match wins on the first day of the Winter Invite. Max McDonald ’19 contributed to the team’s victories with a 1-1 record in singles and a 1-0 post in doubles. McDonald’s win in the singles match came in straight sets against NJIT, 6-1 and 6-2.

 

Ethan Jacobs ’22 won his singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 over Hofstra’s No. 1 singles player, whose record was 11-7 last season. “He [Jacobs] had a really good win over the number one player for Hofstra this week, and with playing Hofstra next Friday, it is vital for us to get a win,” teammate Drew Krantz ’21 said.

 

Jacobs made his collegiate dual debut on Jan. 19 when he had a three-set win against Wofford. In his singles match at the NJIT Winter Invite, Jacobs said he “went into the match with the mentality that I needed to run down every ball and focus on one point at a time in order to succeed.”

 

Krantz, Max Garramone ’21, and Alex Pedrazzini ’22 added singles wins for the Bison.

 

Krantz finished up an undefeated weekend on Jan. 27 in four matches. This included three doubles matches with three different partners against Wagner, NJIT, and Hofstra pairings. Krantz won his lone singles match against NJIT in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

 

After a successful weekend, the Bison will travel to Hofstra on Feb. 1 in Bethpage, N.Y., for a match set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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