Rochester women’s tennis began their spring season on the Goergen Athletic Center courts on Saturday, Feb. 25 with an overwhelming 9-0 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Yellowjackets dominated in the singles matchups with all six players winning in straight sets. Senior Danielle Shreck defeated RIT’s Liz Uhrinec in two sets without dropping a game (6-0, 6-0).
UR maintained this hot streak throughout the doubles competition as well. The women won all three doubles matches. Senior Alexandra Goodman and Shreck were victorious in their match with a final score of 8-3, junior Frances Tseng and freshman Cara Genbauffe defeated their RIT competition 8-0 and senior Jamie Bow teamed up with freshman Rachel Suresky to win their match 8-1.
The women’s team continued this winning streak against strong Division I competitor Colgate University with a 4-3 victory on Sunday, Feb. 26. The women’s competition was played according to the Division I format.
“Defeating Colgate was a great accomplishment for the team,” junior Frances Tseng said. “I thought the girls played well and we were able to prove that we could defeat ranked teams.”
Tseng and Suresky exemplified the Yellowjacket winning spirit and demonstrated the strength of this team through wins in both their individual and doubles matches.
Individually, Tseng won 6-4, 7-6 (2) and Suresky won 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3. Genbauffe joined Tseng in doubles to overpower their opponent team 8-3, while Suresky teamed up with Bow for an 8-4 win over Colgate.
Tseng described Suresky’s singles win as both the most exciting part of the match and as the turning point for UR.
“[Her’s] was the deciding match and her being able to pull out the match under pressure was great,” Tseng noted.
Overall, the women put forth great efforts against both opponents last weekend, which Tseng believes will help them against future competition in California over spring break.
“The teams we will be playing during our spring break trip will be challenging,” Tseng explained. “But I believe all the training we have been doing these past couple of weeks will allow us to pull through some close matches.”
On the men’s side, Rochester was overpowered 1-6 in their spring opener against Colgate University on Sunday, Feb. 26, which was also played following Division I guidelines.
One of the highlights of the match was freshman Julian Danko’s successful debut in collegiate competition, as he defeated opponent Sean Spellberg, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-2. This victory scored the Yellowjackets’ only point against Colgate.
Senior Matt Volkov put forth a good effort in the second set against Colgate’s Connor Feuille, but fell just short, 6-0, 7-6 (2). Despite the loss, junior Joel Allen played a respectable match, 7-5, 6-3.
The Rochester men’s tennis team will take on Roberts Wesleyan College at home on Wednesday, March 7. The women will play Chapman University on Mar. 13 in Orange, Ca.
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