Archive for March 15th, 2009

15
Mar
09

men pass test at MIt

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It was the men’s turn to travel to Boston on March 6th to take on MIT. The bubble was a little friendlier for the men than it was for the women, with the Cat’s getting the victory 7-2. We started off strong in the doubles, with wins from #2 and #3. Jeff and Fenno at #3 played exceptional and never really let their opponents in the match, winning 8-5. It was a little tougher for Max and Ryan at #2, taking it 8-6. It was a back and forth contest, with the guys staying mentally tough when serving it out at 7-6. Even though we were up 2-1 after the doubles, the focus of the singles was to play every ball, every point as hard as we could and the score would take care of itself. We could only control the effort, not the outcome. Fortunately the score went in our favor.

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Ben and Amrit, playing #1 and #2 respectively, had some big hitters ahead of them. Both weathered early breaks of serve and came back to win the first set. While they were battling it out in long first sets, Max and Reiss were frustrating their opponents. Max did it through steady play, retrieving big shots from his opponent time and time again until the Engineer finally made an error. Reiss took it to his opponent by ripping winners from all angles of the court, both inside out and down the line. Once Stein and Amrit got rolling, the second sets were a little bit easier, with both guys coming off with convincing victories.

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The match had already been decided when Ryan stepped on the court, but no one must have told him. He played his best tennis of the short season, winning 1,1. I’m not sure if he was impressed with his shot making, but the rest of his teammates were. After waiting over an hour, it was Fenno’s turn to take the court at #6. The first set was extremely competitive, with some great points. Eventually they headed into a tiebreak, with Fenno coming within inches of winning it. After the first set, Fenno’s opponent was on fire, and played outstanding tennis. Even being down 5-0 in the second, Zach continued to fight for every point, just like we talked about a few hours before. Even though he lost, Zach made the biggest impact of the match. He showed what kind of personality this team is going to have all season, one that never gives up and will work harder than the opponent on every point. The Cat’s were back on the court at home this past Thursday against Babson, then on the road to play NESCAC rival Middlebury on Sunday. 

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15
Mar
09

women open home season with convincing win

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The women got back on winning track this past Saturday against Mt. Holyoke. They started it off with great doubles, winning all three. Then on to singles, where Caryn once again played solid tennis, winning 6-4, 6-1. Alex showed the toughness we all expect out of her coming back from down 5-0 in the second set to win it in a tiebreak. She held off several match points in a great set of tennis at #2 singles. Unfortunately, she ran out of gas in the third after expending so much energy in the second. Meg fought past a tough opponent to win a long three setter that clinched the match for the Cats. Brooke was on and off the court in no time, winning 6-1, 6-3. Erika didn’t want to let her doubles partner show her up, winning her match 6-1, 6-0. As the rest of the team watched on, Jean played well enough to win the first set against a very solid opponent, then picked up her level of play and finished it with a great second set. Overall, it was a solid performance from the women. We have a tough week of practice ahead of us, but it should prepare us well to play one of the top teams in the nation on Sunday at Middlebury.

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The Cats would like to thank all the parents who made it to campus for the match; it was great to have such an enthusiastic crowd. Also, something we will be doing here on the blog for home matches is “FAN OF THE MATCH.” The first recipient is senior Lexy Smith, who stayed through both the doubles and first round of singles matches. 




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