Tennis continues successful season

Senior Doug Vaughan hits a forehand shot during a match against Edgewood College at Hilton Head Island, N.C. on April 18. (photo by Wornden Ly)

Stevenson men’s and women’s tennis teams had one of the best starts in program history, with the men at 13-1 and the women at 8-5 as of April 18.

The Mustangs were very successful at the start of their spring season, with the men’s team going 5-0 and the women’s team going 4-1 in the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference (MAC Commonwealth). They each had big wins in their first matches in early March over Lancaster Bible College. When the team traveled to Hilton Head Island, N.C. for a tournament later in the month, the men finished 4-0 and the women ended 2-2, according to gomustangsports.com

Senior Doug Vaughan hits a forehand shot during a match against Edgewood College at Hilton Head Island, N.C., on April 18. (Photo by Wornden Ly)

Both teams scored a conference win versus Lebanon Valley College when they returned, and April continued to be successful for the Mustangs. The men’s side swept four straight games versus Lycoming University, McDaniel College, and Hood College with a 9-0 final score in all three games. They also beat Arcadia University and Messiah College 8-1, which allowed the men’s team to secure the No. 1 seed for the MAC Commonwealth championships.

The women’s team had wins against Lycoming University, Hood College, and Arcadia University, which put them at a five-game winning streak. On April 14, the streak ended when the Mustangs took a loss against Salisbury University. The men’s team also suffered their first lost to the Seagulls that day, ending their 11-game win streak.

The Mustangs have had a winning season with positive results so far, so the one loss does not throw off their game plan to win the MAC and make NCAA playoffs. They plan to take every team seriously in an attempt to “win the day,” according to head coach Evan Clifton.

Junior Kelsi Mentzer preparing to hit a forehand during a match against Edgewood College at Hilton Head Island, N.C., on April 18. (Photo by Wornden Ly)

Clifton is not worried about how the team will respond to this loss. He said their focus on doubles has been one key to their success this season, and they carry that momentum into singles. Clifton added that the seniors on the team push the limits of the team every day in practice, and their leadership is contagious.

Christina Endy and Kirstyn Davidson have been two impactful players on the women’s side, both seniors and returning all-conference players. As for the men’s side, there are returning five seniors: Peter Appiah Jr., Alex Kiblin, Wornden Ly, Drew Ryan, and Douglas Vaughan.

The senior class has taken the game of the younger players to the next level, according to Clifton. Sophomore Taelor Brown said the loss propelled the team to push harder in practice and focus on their next win, in preparation for their upcoming matches.

The Mustangs will continue conference play as they face Alvernia University on April 27 at 1 p.m. at home, on the Greenspring campus tennis courts.

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