This Saturday, the UR men’s tennis team will take on the Colgate Raiders in Hamilton, NY. So far this season, the Yellowjackets are 1–1, following a heartbreaking loss to Ithaca College this past weekend by a tiny 5-4 margin. Senior Ben Shapiro and sophomore Andrew Nunno helped carry the team by outperforming Ithaca in the singles and doubles end of the competition.
Some players to look out for this weekend against Colgate University are Aaron Mevorach (6–1) and Ben Shapiro (5–2) in singles and Ian Baranowski/Aaron Mevorach (7–2) in doubles. This dynamic tandem has accounted for close to half of the ‘Jackets wins so far in the season. According to Shapiro, do not expect the lineup to change much at all this weekend. The same core of players should be intact for this upcoming match.
On the other end of the court, Colgate is looking to pose a major challenge. This is a Division I opponent that definitely has the incentive to pick up a win this Saturday. Up until this point, Colgate has picked up wins on the road in dominating fashion against Le Moyne (7–0), St. Bonaventure (5–2), and Hartford (7–0). However, they are coming off a close loss on the road to Sacred Heart in Fairfield. Since this game against the Yellowjackets will be Colgate’s first match at home, it is sure to be an intense one. The charge will be lead by captains Nick Halle, Nick Laub, and Mark Pronchick, who are all seniors and will be sure to bring their best tennis to the courts for this home opener.
No matter what the result is, this will be a crucial matchup for the Yellowjackets. Competing on the road against a Division I team will be a difficult feat.
Following the men’s match, UR women’s tennis (URWT) will face off against the Raiders on the road as well. Led by seniors Christine Ho and Molly Goodman, the Yellowjackets will be facing off against a well-rounded Colgate team in their season opener.
URWT will be starting their season fresh, and they will need all the energy they can get against this tough Colgate squad. The opposition will be led by captains Katie Grant and Jennifer Ho, as the team is coming off of a dominant 7–0 shutout win at Hartford and an upsetting 4–3 loss at Sacred Heart.