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Tennis refocusing, refining skills: Men’s tennis falls to Quincy, uses it as learning experience

February 27, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Men's tennis faced a disappointing loss in Quincy, but players are working on fine-tuning their skills for the match against Wabsh College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana this weekend.

The men’s tennis team travelled out to Quincy to battle the Hawks of Quincy University. The youthful Scots fell as a team to a final score 6-3. The Scots went 2-4 in the individual matches while going 1-2 in the three doubles matches.

“We need to practice harder and have that killer instinct,” said junior Marco Franco. “Our mind-set going into Quincy was that we almost beat them last year so we thought we could do it this year but we got ahead of ourselves and we lost. We’re just taking it one match at a time but I feel confident with this team.”

Franco teamed with sophomore Derek Rineberg to take home the lone victory in the doubles for Scots. The duo out dueled their Quincy opponents to the tune of 8-4.

Rineberg also beat his opponent handily in the individuals by taking the first two games of a three game match. Rineberg swept away the Hawks freshman Wyatt Pauley by posting game scores of 6-1 and 7-6, respectively.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

“I’m really proud of the way I performed,” said Rineberg. “Unfortunately, the team didn’t come away with a win. We need to keep focused and continue to play at a high level for the rest of the season.”

Freshman Dylan Wong brought home the other victory in the individuals by defeating his opponent 2-1. Wong dropped the first game of the match 3-6 to his opponent, but rallied to post 7-6 and 10-4 respectively in the final two games of the match.

“We need to keep our minds focused on winning,” said sophomore Cole Pyatt.

“These first couple of weeks of the season have been a little bit of a struggle for the freshman on the team because of the transition from high school tennis to college tennis. Things are getting better each week with practices though. As we head to play Wabash College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana we want to win both matches. If we win both we will head into spring break with a winning record,” Pyatt said.

There are ten members total on the team and six of those are freshmen. Integrating them and getting into the groove will get the Fighting Scots on track.

The 2-3 Scots will look to regroup after the loss to Quincy. Monmouth will return to action on Feb. 28 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. There they will hope to improve to 4-3 on the season as they take Wabash College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Anthony Matozzi
Contributing Writer

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