HAMILTON, NY -- The Williams men's tennis team got off to a strong start Saturday, taking down Colgate University, a Division 1 school, 5-2.
Playing under Division I doubles scoring, Williams earned the one point available in doubles play handily. In Division III scoring the ephs would have received three points for sweeping the doubles and the match score would have been 7-2, but as this was Colgate's home match it was plaed under the Division I scoring rules.The dynamic pair of Trey Meyer and Bryan Chow took their pro set 8-2 at the number one position, as did Felix Sun and Matt Micheli at number two. Will Petrie and Kevin Shallcross took their set 8-5 to complete the sweep.
Felix Sun and Bryan Chow needed three sets to earn each of their singles victories. Sun lost his first set, but recovered well to take the second and third 6-0, 6-1. Chow sprung out to a 1-0 lead but lost his second set in a tiebreaker, before winning the third.
Matt Micheli won his match in two close sets, 7-5, 6-4 at number 3. Will Petrie had an easier go of it, taking his match 6-0, 6-1.
With the win to Ephs improved to 3-0 overall (haing won their two dual matches last fall) and Colgate fell to 5-5. Colgate had entered the match having won five of their last six matches.
"We started out pretty slow in both singles and doubles, which isn't surprising because it was our first match of the year. I think once the guys got into a rhythm and remembered what it felt like to play in a team match again everybody started playing better," commented head coach Dan Greenberg.
The Ephs head to California next week for their annual spring break tour. Said Greenberg, "I think today definitely showed some things that we need to work on, so we're looking forward to this week of practice leading up to what will hopefully be a successful trip."
Next up for the Ephs is a March 19th match verss Babson that will be played at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on the West coast.