Struggles continue for men’s and women’s tennis

By Jessika Mielentz

The Broncs have been fighting their way to stay in the game, but their struggles still continue.

The men’s tennis (1-5, 0-2 MAAC) match on Sept. 25 against New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (1-0) left the Broncs going home with a score of 6-1 with NJIT as the victors.

“They are a very good team,” men’s co-captain senior Nick Lubold said. “They had depth all the way down the roster. The players were a bit more consistent, but I thought we competed well.”

Head Coach Ed Torres agreed, referring to NJIT as one of the better schools Rider plays against.

Lubold still expects to go out with a bang his senior year, fighting until the end.

“A loss is always tough, but we can’t let it bring us down,” Lubold said. “This team is young and losses like this will help them in the future.”

The women’s tennis team (0-7, 0-5 MAAC) fought hard, but to no avail. The Sept. 26 match against Rutgers Camden (7-5, 1-2 NJAC) left them with yet another loss with a score of 5-4, adding on to the winless record.

So far this season, a string of losses has been dominant. The women could almost taste victory, but they just missed it.

“It was a very close match and it went down the very last set,” Torres said.

Women’s captain Kim Leder, the only female senior, thinks her wrist injury may have slightly affected her game.

“We look a lot worse than we are,” Leder said. “We are a good team.”

On Sept. 28, the women played a conference match against Siena (2-1,1-0 MAAC), a strong opponent.

“Going in, we are the underdog team,” Torres said.

The team could not step up its game and lost — the men 7-0 and the women 6-1

Junior Alison Noll kept the game alive by winning her sets in the women’s match, both 6-1.

Looking on the bright side, Leder found many positives to the team’s loss.

“We were able to keep up with a lot of the shots, but learned we need to practice our angles and other mechanics,” she said. “I think we put up a good fight despite the outcome.”


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