By Stuart Kovacs
Tennis is back in full swing as both the men’s and women’s teams travel to play Siena on Saturday, looking to improve their records in the early part of the season.
The women will be looking for their first win of the season, while the men are aiming for their second after picking up a win against Rutgers- Camden. Siena’s men’s and women’s squads are coming into the match with a 1-0 record each.
Head Coach Ed Torres said that each team will need to take advantage of its opponent’s lack of games played this season.
“On Saturday the bottom half of the lineups will have to play very well for us to win,” he said.
Torres, who is in his 18th season as head coach, believes that the disciplined play on both teams will only give them a chance to win its games, but not guarantee it.
“In order for us to win, the entire team has to step up because we play three doubles matches and six singles matches,” Torres said.
Senior Alexa Manforti understands that Siena presents a challenge, but having a majority of the team back from last year is one advantage the Broncs have.
“I’m expecting the team to go in with confidence and work hard to try and bring in a win,” Manforti said. “Siena has been a good team in the past, but we have a few key returners from last year which puts us in a good position.”
With nearly a week without action between their 6-1 loss to Monmouth and the upcoming match against Siena, Manforti thinks that additional practice time will help prepare the teams.
“Practicing all week will be key in determining the outcome of our next match,” Manforti said.
On the men’s side, senior John Spellman is focusing on the mental aspect in addition to practicing because of the long ride it takes to travel to Siena.
“We just have to prepare for this match like any other,” Spellman said. “Having a good week of practice is always important. We have a long bus ride up there on Saturday and it’s important to come off the bus mentally prepared and ready to go.”
Although Siena’s squad imposes many challenges with its talented play, Spellman is confident that he and his teammates will focus on winning.
“Siena normally has a pretty good team,” Spellman said. “I think that we’re playing well enough to compete with them across the board and hopefully we can come away with the [win].”
It has undoubtedly been a slow start for both the men’s and women’s teams. However, Torres hopes for improvement as both teams gain more knowledge and skill.
“We have played very strong and experienced teams such as MAAC Champions Fairfield and NJIT the first week of the season and did not do well against them,” Torres said. “We shall improve as the season progresses.”