The UR men’s tennis team tipped off their season with a difficult 7-2 against Vassar College (N.Y.) on Feb. 13. 

The Yellowjackets dropped all three doubles matchups along with four of six singles matches. All four of the singles losses were in straight sets, while both wins came in split sets. 

Going into the matchup, junior Kenneth Lee said, “We’ve had a long week of preparation, and they’re a tough opponent, but we’re ready to get started.” The Yellowjackets are vying for a spot in the playoffs this season, with serious talent in both singles and doubles matches. 

Vassar College was coming off a narrow loss to RIT on Feb. 12, taking three of six singles matches but only one of three doubles matches. 

Head coach Matt Nielsen reiterated the strength of the opponent and the rivalry between the two schools: “They beat us two years ago, and then last year[’s season] was shortened. Hopefully we can start well.” 

Despite the loss, Rochester is remaining hopeful for what’s to come. “I’m excited to have a full season this year,” Nielsen continued, “especially being able to travel.” The team is looking to become closer off the court, too. “We’re getting dinner, hanging out together a lot,” Lee said. “Just trying to build chemistry like anyone else.” 

Vassar College improves to 1-1, while UR opens their season at 0-1. Rochester will continue their season on Feb. 20 against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the Goergen Athletic Center. If you would like to support Yellowjacket athletics, a full schedule of events along with livestream links can be found on the athletic composite calendar

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