On Saturday, April 18 the tennis team lost on the road to St. Lawrence University by a score of 9-0.
Fourth-year co-Captain Jessica Schmidt nearly won the singles matchup against St. Lawrence fourth-year Samantha Miller at flight four. Schmidt lost by scores of 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 10-7. The Hawks closest victory in the doubles match came at flight three. Second-year Olivia Ammirati and third-year Laura Tierney lost to the Saints duo of fourth-years Miller and Olivia Arroyo by a score of 8-5.
The loss dropped the Hawks record to 11-7. The victory for the St. Lawrence Saints, who are ranked No. 37 nationally and No. 14 regionally improved their record to 14-3.
Despite the loss, Schmidt believes the team played well against a tough opponent.
“St. Lawrence is a team that is both regionally and nationally ranked so getting to play them is always good for us,” she said. “We played well against them, even if the final score does not reflect that.”
This was the Hawks first matchup since Friday, April 3 against Ithaca College. After that match, three straight matches were postponed.
“The matches that were cancelled earlier this month were disappointing but I do not think it had a big impact on our play this past weekend,” Schmidt said. “It was unfortunate that we did not get to play Plattsburgh up in Canton because that was one less day of play to prepare before our St. Lawrence match. It was also a long trip for just that one match so it would have been nice to have played two.”
The Hawks next match will take place on Thursday, April 23 at home against Union College at 3:30 p.m. The Hawks were originally scheduled to face Union College on Saturday, April 4 but the game was rescheduled.
The Hawks will then conclude their regular season on Saturday, April 25 by participating in the New Paltz Tournament. The Hawks will get a chance to play doubles matches against many different schools. Fourth-year co-Captain Devin Tracy explained what the team is doing to prepare for the tournament.
“Our team is concentrating on doubles a lot this spring because it is what the match first starts out with and it is important to gain at least two of the three doubles matches,” she said. “This puts less pressure on the singles play because less people have to win.”