By Kristie Kahl
For the first time in the spring, the women’s tennis team added a win to its overall record, which includes the fall season, while the men continued their eight-game losing streak.
On April 4, the women’s team (3-12 overall) swept St. Francis 7-0 in a non-conference match as the men fell 4-3 to the Terriers.
“The women played an excellent match considering the weather conditions,” Head Coach Ed Torres said to Rider Sports Information. “The St. Francis team was not as strong as usual but that does not take away from the win by the women’s team.”
Senior Danielle Morse won at first singles, 7-6, 6-2, with junior Kristina Paich. Freshmen Tricia Ashmore and Danielle White both won at first singles, 7-6, 6-2, to add to the Rider win.
Junior Alyssa Markovits and freshman Katie Garrity claimed straight set wins (6-0, 6-0) at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
In doubles play, Morse and Paich won at first doubles 8-3 while Ashmore and Garrity teamed up to win at second doubles 8-3. White and sophomore Amanda Matticks added to the victory as they claimed an 8-0 win at third doubles.
For the Rider men (2-15 overall), sophomore Chris Esposito won at fourth singles 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 while sophomore Aaron Goldenthal won 6-1, 6-0 during sixth singles.
Juniors Will Haight and Marc Ashed tallied up a 9-8 win at second doubles. Sophomore Robert Olsen and Goldenthal teamed up for a victory as they won doubles point with an 8-1 win at third doubles.
“The men lost a very tight match losing three, 3-set matches,” Torres said to Rider Sports Information. “Everyone played well despite terrible playing conditions. The teams were very evenly matched and the result could easily have gone either way.”
The following day, the men fell to La Salle 5-2 in a non-conference match.
Esposito won his second match in a row, a straight set (6-4, 7-5) win at number four singles during the loss.
“Chris is having a very good spring,” Torres said to Rider Sports Information. “He moved up from the five spot to four in the lineup and has really elevated his game. We went from third to first doubles and that was an even bigger jump for him. Overall I would have to say that he is the most improved player on the team from the fall season. Chris is a very good player at the net and volleys well.”
Also for the Broncs, senior Casey Jedlinski won at first singles, 6-2, 6-2, his 11th win of the season.
On Tuesday, the men’s team was swept 7-0 in a non-conference match against Temple.
Junior Alex D’Amico and Esposito both won two games. Esposito claimed victory during third singles and D’Amico found success at sixth singles.
In D’Amico’s first career start, he was able to play former Rider teammate Josh Rultenberg, who transferred to Temple after the fall 2008 season. D’Amico fell short in the match, losing 6-0, 6-2.
During the loss, the Broncs were forced to compete without two of their regular starters because of academic commitments.
Both teams continue their non-conference schedule tomorrow as they host Philadelphia University at noon.
The Rams compete at the Division II level and its men’s program boasts a seven-game winning streak and a 12-6 overall record.
The women’s team began its season with an impressive 14-2 mark and have an overall record of 16-6.
This is the final home match of the year for the Broncs as they attempt to send off its seniors on a positive note.