Drexel University men’s and women’s tennis teams played at Lehigh University Feb. 6 where the men lost in a close match and the women cruised through to victory.
The men went in with a 4-0 overall perfect record, but came out breaking their streak in a close match against the Mountain Hawks. Two of the three men’s doubles matches ended up winning, with one of them going to a tiebreaker.
Balaji Lakshmanan and Hamza Laalej played a nail biting match, where Drexel took home the victory 7-6 (2). Kashyap Ashok and Sinan Orhon won with a two-game difference, 6-4 taking home the victory. Andrew Sinai, a freshman, and Vuk Subotic lost in their doubles match 6-3, but Sinai gave Lehigh No. 2 singles player a very tough time. He took the match to a third set, with playing a tiebreaker in the thirdset, and took the win in his favor with a score of 7-5, 2-6 and 7-6.
Senior Xabier Saavedra won his singles match in two sets with an overall match score of 6-2, 6-3. Other singles matches ended in a loss, with two of the matches going to a tiebreak in the first set. With losses in singles and winning the overall doubles matches, the men’s tennis team dropped the match overall, 4-3.
Next week the men’s tennis team will travel to Fairfield University Feb. 12 at 6 p.m..
The women’s tennis team had a busy weekend playing against Lehigh University and the local rival, the University of Pennsylvania.
Women’s tennis remained undefeated when they won 5-2 at Lehigh, but soon lost dropped their record as well after facing the University of Pennsylvania in their next match.
The Dragons took control of the doubles matches against Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks only dominated the top half of the singles ladder. Honami Yawaza, playing the number one singles and doubles spot, and won her matches at both spots. The singles match ended up going to a third set, and ended with a very close win in the third set with a score of 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.
With the participation of sophomore Clary Rodriguez Cruz at the number one doubles spot, the women’s team kept their momentum going from last week and won 6-3.
Kendra Bunch and Lea Winkler cruised through their match almost winning in a bagel with a score of 6-1, and Erin Bowsher and Ryshena Providence won with the same score of 6-3.
The women’s tennis team proved strong in the doubles and hogged all the doubles points. Winning their doubles matches, Winkler, Bunch, and Providence proved strong in their singles matches too.
Winkler cruised through her singles match with a 6-1 and a bagel in the second set. Bunch won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2 and Providence won the final singles match with a score of 8-2.
High on the win, Feb. 7 the Dragons took on the UPenn tennis team.
The Dragons suffered their first loss of the year, and eighth overall loss in a row to UPenn. The loss dropped their record to 4-1.
Although the team had no success in singles nor any doubles matches in the evening, the lady dragons gave a tough fight at second singles.
Cruz played the closest match in the evening by going in a tiebreaker in the second set but falling short and losing 6-1, 7-6 (5).
Anisiya Simpson, a freshman, played her first match of the spring season, falling through to No. 6 singles player, 6-0 and 6-1.
The women have another busy week coming up traveling to Connecticut to play against Fairfield University Feb. 12 and Sacred Heart University Feb. 13.