WC tennis teams dominate spring tournament in Hilton Head, SC – The Elm –

The Student Newspaper of Washington College since 1930
By Jensyn Hartzell
Sports Editor
In Hilton Head, S.C., the Washington College men’s tennis team took down the undefeated Ithaca College Bombers on Tuesday, March 15. The Shoremen competed against the Asbury University Eagles on the same day.
The Shoremen won four out of their six singles matches. Junior Karl Hoegstedt won the No. 1 spot, 6–2 and 6–0; senior Koby Bonta won the No. 4 spot, 6–3 and 6–0; the No. 5 spot was taken by freshman Brady Burns, 6–4 for both; and senior Andrew Province won 6–1 in both the No. 6 spot.
In doubles, Hoegstedt and Smith were victorious in the No. 1 spots, finishing 8–6. Junior Landon Strober and Bonta took the No. 2 spot with a score of 8–5, finalizing the Shoremen’s win against the Bombers.
Against the Eagles, Hoegstedt and Smith won again in the No. 1 doubles spot, 8–7. Bonta and Strober won at No. 2, 8–6, which put the Shoremen ahead early in the match, 2–1.
In the singles matches, Hoegstedt, Strober, and Province dominated their matches. This allowed for the remaining matches to remain uncompleted as the Eagles were too far behind to win.
On Friday, March 18, the Shoremen continued their win streak against Millikin University to finish off their time in Hilton Head.
The Shoremen won all three of their doubles matches. Bonta, Burns, and freshmen Aaradith Ravichandran and Johannes Ludwigstorff were triumphant in their singles matches as well.
The Shoremen traveled to Newport News, Va. on Sunday, March 20. They were defeated by the Captains, 6–3.
“Overall, it was a huge confidence booster and every player had big wins,” Hoegstedt said. “It was great preparation for [Centennial] Conference matches starting.”
The Shoremen have an overall record of 5–4. They will compete in their first Conference match against Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at the Schottland Tennis Center.
The WC women’s tennis team traveled to Hilton Head, S.C. as well on Wednesday, March 16, where they challenged the Eagles and the Webster University Gorloks.
The Shorewomen retaliated with a doubles win in the No. 2 spot with senior Alisha White and junior Bin Nguyen, ending 7–4, but still trailed the Eagles 3–1 entering the singles matches.
Victories in the singles matches put the Shorewomen back in the lead to win the overall match, 5–4. White won at 6–4 and 6–3; juniors Irene Meng, 7–5 and 6–4, and Katie Ruppert, both matches at 6–2, and sophomore Piper Sartison, 6–4 and 6–3.
Against the Gorloks, Washington won every match but their No. 3 doubles spot and No. 6 singles spot. The Shorewomen finished with a winning score of 6–2.
On Friday, March 18, the Shorewomen took on Millikin University for their final victory in Hilton Head.
For singles matches, Meng took the No. 1 spot, Sartison won at No. 3, and the No. 5 spot was won by Ruppert.
White and Nguyen dominated their No. 1 doubles spot, 8–3. The No. 2 doubles spot was also taken by the Shorewomen; Meng and Sartison teamed up to take an 8–3 win as well.
The Shorewomen competed next in Newport News, Va. against the Captains, by whom they were defeated. The Shorewomen lost 9–0 on Sunday, March 20.
The Muhlenberg College Mules will kick off Conference play for the Shorewomen on Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at the Schottland Tennis Center. The Shorewomen will enter the contest with an overall record of 6–2. 
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