This past weekend, the Millersville tennis team played West Chester University in a PSAC rival match with big implications. West Chester was carrying all of the momentum coming into this match as they were coming off a huge upset win against Kutztown University. West Chester continued to ride this wave of momentum against Millersville and took both our men and women’s teams down.
The men started off fairly well at doubles action with the No. 1 team of Jody Sambrick and Niko Mucci winning easily, and going into singles action, MU was down 1-2, so the WC advantage was minimal moving forward. Singles looked promising to start, as No. 1 Jody Sambrick cruised to a victory and No. 3 Dylan Ryan split sets, and got into a third set. Sadly however, in the end, Ryan lost to his former high school teammate. The men’s team ended up losing 7-2, but this was a good opportunity nonetheless for MU because they now know what they will be up against if this matchup repeats itself down the road at playoffs.
As for the women’s side, the doubles play went well as the team of Melissa Plowman and Kelsey Waite won convincingly with a score of 8-2, and the team of Nicole Daacke and Ale Heller also won their match, with a score of 8-6. Singles play did not go exactly as Millersville was hoping, as only No.1 Melissa Plowman and No. 4 Nicole Daacke won their matches, both needing to go the distance, extending their play beyond two sets of action.
All in all, both teams played well, and the women had a very strong showing. The women could have easily won the match if a few more games here and there went their way. It is very possible that this matchup will occur again, and in the future both teams will be better prepared.
As the regular season of play is winding down, look for the men’s as well as the women’s team to make a strong playoff effort. A little glimpse at the future playoff picture looks as if the women’s team could have a rematch against West Chester, and the men’s team could play in the fourth spot if they can defeat either Mercyhurst or Edinboro.