The East Carolina University women’s and men’s tennis teams took to the road Saturday as they faced Campbell University and Davidson College respectively.
The Women’s team picked up its second win of the season against Campbell, winning 5-2 and improving its season record to 2-1. The Pirates got down early after losing the doubles point, but rallied back, as Pirates Celia Ruiz (6-1,6-2), Lisa Hofbauer (6-4,6-3), Nastja Rettich (6-2,6-1), Hsia Ho Chiao (7-6,7-5) and Sarah Sarjoo (6-2,6-0) won five of the six possible singles matches to secure the victory.
"We fought very hard in singles throughout our lineup after losing a difficult doubles point,” women’s head coach Tom Morris said, according to ecupirates.com. “It was a very great response against a much improved Campbell team."
The men’s team travelled to Davidson College, losing its first match of the season 4-3 in a nail-biter. The team took the lead early, winning the doubles point behind wins from Freddie McGeehan and Kasey Countee who won their doubles match 6-4, and Javier Renones and Wisse Jonker who won their match 7-6 (4). After winning the doubles point, the Pirates lost four of the six singles matches, as only Vlad Anghel (6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5)) and Javier Renones (6-4, 6-4) defeated their opponents for the Pirates. According to men’s head coach Shawn Heinchon the match against Davidson slipped away.
“It was a hard fought match.” Heinchon said. “It can be easy to be disappointed when you lose a close match, but a lot of things went right for us to be that close at the end.”
The match at Campbell starts a four-game instate road trip for the women’s team, as it travels to take on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, UNC Charlotte and North Carolina State University in the coming weeks. The road trip will include some stiff competition for the Pirate, but a strong opening schedule, which included the No. 5 nationally ranked UNC Chapel Hill, should have the Pirates ready for their matches. The win at Campbell gives the team confidence heading into the road trip, which continues Friday as the team plays UNCG at 1 p.m.
The men’s team will look to shake off its close loss this weekend on Friday, as the team hosts Hampton University at 2:30 p.m. The match will be played at the indoor tennis facility, located at 1750 Wimbledon Drive in Greenville, where the team remains undefeated, winning all four games played there this season.
“There is no such thing as a good loss.” Heinchon said. “But I do think that the loss has narrowed our focus on how we can improve, and in some ways will help our guys understand that we can't afford to be at anything else but our best.”
The women will look to continue their success on the road against the UNCG and UNCC this weekend, with the men trying to bounce back from their first lost of the season as they face Hampton and Longwood at home.