Saturday, September 29 the Millersville men’s tennis team played their second match of the fall season against Fairmont State at Kutztown University. Going into this match, Millersville was looking for redemption after a disappointing season opener against LaSalle, and boy did they get it. With strong showings across the board, Millersville took the match with an overall score of 8-1.
First doubles consisted of the fierce team of Jody Sambrick and Corey Garnier who showed very good teamwork. The set score of 8-2 reflected their dominance with their persistent, big-hitting playing style really being shown off.
Second doubles was a similar story with the dynamic duo of Kevin Tran and Tucker Mertz playing well with excellent team chemistry. They won their set easily with a score of 8-1, which brought the attention to court three where freshmen Niko Mucci and Dylan Ryan secured the final doubles win with a score of 8-4.
Singles play for Millersville went smoothly as well. Number one singles player Jody Sambrick breezed through his competition 6-2, 6-0 while further down court, Kevin Tran and Niko Mucci both allowed only one game to their opponents. Tucker Mertz and Dylan Ryan both picked up their wins. However, these wins took a little bit more effort. Tucker needed a second set tiebreaker to give him his victory with an overall score of 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), and Dylan, after losing a first set lead of 5-2, took over the rest of the match. He went on to win in a ten-point third set tiebreaker 5-7, 6-2, 10-7.
Although Fairmont State provided a good match with a few intense moments, for Millersville this match did not fully test their abilities. Looking down the road, Millersville’s competition will only get stronger. All in all this was a great match for the Marauders who would use their play displayed today as a solid base for their next match on Monday, October 1 against Harford Community College.
Then on Monday, October 1 the Millersville tennis team took on Harford Community College. Going into this match, Millersville was coming off of a convincing win against Fairmont State, and they looked to do the same in this match.
Both the men’s and women’s doubles teams played well. Representing the men’s side, Kevin Tran and Tucker Mertz had a convincing win with a score of 8-1 while freshmen Niko Mucci and Dylan Ryan won 8-3. Corey Garnier and Jody Sambrick dropped their doubles match 3-8 so going into the singles portion of the day, the men were ahead 2-1.
The women’s side also won their doubles with Melissa Plowman and Kelsey Waite winning easily with a score of 8-1, Ale Heller and Liz Wagner winning 8-1, and Nicole Daacke and Jess Taleff shutting their opponents out 8-0.
Switching back to the men’s side, the singles players Jody Sambrick and Tucker Mertz both dominated their matches and played very well, winning rather quickly. Dropping two singles matches afterwards; Millersville still clung to their lead with an overall match score of 4-3. The courts then cleared except for sophomore Kevin Tran and freshman Dylan Ryan who still had not finished their matches. Anxiety and excitement started to kick in for everyone as both teams knew that these two matches would determine the overall outcome of the match. Kevin Tran although injuring his ankle, got tough when he needed to and made sure to grind out the rest of his match. He finished strong with a score of 6-1, 6-3. Freshman Dylan Ryan also finished well winning his match 6-2, 6-3 which gave the men’s team the win.
The women’s side completely dominated their opposition in this match, and their play went almost unnoticed because of their timely, effective way of getting things done. Three of the women players, including Melissa Plowman, Ale Heller, and Nicole Daacke, shut out their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Other players showed the same control in their matches with Kelsey Waite winning 6-1, 6-1, Liz Wagner winning 6-0, 6-1, and Maggie Karr winning 6-0, 6-2. This successful day also marked the end of a great career for one member of the team.
Senior member Corey Garnier had a very emotional day today, as today was the last time that he will suit up as a Millersville Marauder. Over his career, Corey has been an asset to the team, and he has been a great role model for all of the players to look up to. With the end of his tennis career at hand, the team will miss Corey for all that he offers on and off the courts. He looks forward to continuing his studies at the graduate level, and he will continue to pursue his passion; tennis.
This match marked the end of the men’s fall season. The women’s team, however, still has five matches left for the fall, and they play again on Wednesday, October 3 against Goldey-Beacom at home at 3:00 p.m.