Tennis teams to depart for Hilton Head

The 2019 campaign for the men’s and women’s tennis teams is a process that is focused on taking it a game at a time, making the playoffs, and winning the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), according to head coach Evan Clifton.

This will be Clifton’s fourth season with the teams. He wants the players to have high expectations this season in order to get the job done. The coach believes the team needs to stick with their game plan and focus on finishing matches out and not letting the other team catch up. Both teams will be relying heavily on their seniors in order to be successful this season.

In his match against Lancaster Bible College on March 9, Lukas Sanidas won at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles with Richie Abruscato. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

The men’s team has five returning seniors: Drew RyanPeter Appiah Jr., Alex Kiblin, Wornden Ly, and Douglas Vaughan. The women’s team returns two seniors, Kirstyn Davidson and Christina Endy.

“We’re going to really depend on our seniors to decide how far our season goes for both sides,” said Clifton. The men’s team will rely Ly in doubles and Vaughan on the singles side. Clifton also said the men’s team will also need to count on Appiah and Kiblin to make impacts on matches and to beat the best teams in the schedule.

The men’s team have started out well with wins against Catholic University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Mustangs also defeated Lancaster Bible College 9-0 on home on March 9. This has given the players confidence, and Clifton is happy with the results. He believes the team will stay successful if they avoid becoming complacent and avoiding getting too comfortable. Sophomore Richie Abruscato said, “We’re happy about our play recently, but we’re definitely looking to build on our trip to Hilton Head next week.”

The women’s team will rely on Davidson and Endy and the one doubles team who has been selected All-Conference for two years, Jenna Skove and Kelsi Mentzer, who were undefeated in conference last year, according to the coach. Clifton said he needs the bottom and middle line of the roster to compete in order for them to stay successful this season.

Against Lancaster Bible College, the Mustangs grabbed a 9-0 win on March 9 at home. Nina Bretz returns a volley here. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

The women’s team started out rough in the fall with a loss to Stockton University but then bounced back this spring with a 9-0 victory over Lancaster Bible College. Clifton was happy with their play, hoping that it will boost their confidence. He wants them to stay focused and push themselves in order to make the conference playoffs for the first time.

Both teams will be back in action on March 18 away at Chaplin Park vs. Edgewood University during their spring break trip.

For more information about men’s and women’s tennis, visit gomustangsports.com

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