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Boro tennis teams struggle at Spring Tennis Fest, hope to bounce back

Story first appeared in the March 19, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around town.

Matias Aignasse (above) and the Edinboro tennis teams competed in the Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Contributed photo/Edinboro University Sports Information.)
Matias Aignasse (above) and the Edinboro tennis teams competed in the Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Contributed photo/Edinboro University Sports Information.)

For the most part, the weather for the tennis team’s spring break trip was splendid.

However, their play was not, according to head coach Lee Underwood.

“No I feel we could’ve won all the matches,” Underwood said. “We lost to West Liberty 5-4; well West Liberty lost to Palm Beach Atlantic 5-4. They almost knocked them off. We squandered our two doubles opportunities. We didn’t go out and compete very well in singles against them. We just don’t have all of our cylinders rolling and hopefully that is going to happen sometime soon.”

Edinboro’s women’s team went 1-3 at the Spring Tennis Fest last week at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with its lone win being a 6-3 triumph against Michigan Tech. Its fifth match against Northwood was canceled.

The men’s team went 2-3 at the event, winning 6-3 against Newberry and 7-2 against Michigan Tech.

The women’s team now holds a 4-4 record with their male counterparts standing at 5-5 overall this season.

The results in the rest of the other matches, on paper, were mixed. The ladies opened up with a narrow 5-4 loss to Newberry, lost 8-1 to Palm Beach Atlantic and were shut out 9-0 by Florida Tech in their final match.

The men had a little closer battles. After opening up with the Newberry win, they fell to Palm Beach Atlantic 8-1, lost to Florida Tech 7-2 and lost a crushing 5-4 decision to Charleston to conclude the event.

Underwood admitted that neither of his teams played a well as he would’ve liked against Florida Tech, but it was the Charleston men’s match that was still sticking with him.

That closing match on Friday lasted 6 and a half hours, didn’t conclude until early Saturday morning and could’ve been won by Boro, 7-2, according to Underwood. However, the Scots squandered multiple match and team match points, which allowed Charleston to surge back for a 5-4 win.

“I’m hoping they learned what it takes to compete,” Underwood said.  “When you have an opportunity, if you do not go in and seize it, that opportunity may not come back again. Friday, for the men, that is essentially what happened. All three players had the chance to get the fifth point for the team and win their own match and they didn’t.”

The women visited Walsh on Wednesday, after deadline for this issue, and host Cal (Pa.) on March 24. The men host the University of District of Columbia on Friday at 4 p.m., Millersville on Saturday at 7 p.m. and West Chester on Sunday at 11 a.m. All three of those matches will be played at the Westwood Racquet Club in Erie.

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