By Charlie Lynch

The Colorado College men’s and women’s tennis teams opened their 2019-20 seasons this weekend at the Metro State University of Denver Invitational. The Tigers sent eight women and nine men to the meet, and they were up against tough competition.

Both teams were looking for better starts to their new season because the men’s team recorded 6 wins and 12 losses in the 2018–19 season, and the women’s team went 1–17.

But, the Tigers are looking at this season with high hopes for more wins. “We’ve got a lot of great first year tennis players on both the men’s and women’s teams,” Tess Rubin ’21 said. “We’re really bonding and it’s adding great depth to our team which will hopefully lead to more wins than losses!”

The men’s team came to the tournament and underwent gritty matches for their season opener. Noah Forman ’20 was the only Tiger to win his opening match in the A “draw,” which he won by walkover. Forman got edged out in the last round of the set, losing 10–6 to the eventual tournament champion in the quarterfinals.

Sam Hum ’21 and Billy Taylor ’22 both played well, but ultimately lost in their respective first round matches. Hum and Taylor won consolation matches; however, they fell to Metro State players in the semifinals.

In the B “draw”, the Tigers clawed it out amongst themselves, with Alex Wimer ’22 facing off against his own teammate Alex Klay ’22 in the consolation bracket. Wimer ended up dominating Klay in a great match, winning 6–1 in the first set and 6–2 in the second set.

Nick Bishop ’23 brought some fresh talent, being the only Tiger in his bracket to win his opening match taking 6–2 and 6–4 in sets. “I’m really impressed with Nick,” Rubin commented. “He is showing promise and we have high hopes for what he’ll do this season. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

The women’s team played hard throughout the tournament. In the A “draw”, Jenna McDonald ’20 brought hard work and skill into her first match, winning against a fierce player from Colorado State University at Pueblo. She made it to the quarterfinals before losing in a tough battle against a Metro State competitor.

Lilly Schmactenberger ’23 made a great run in the consolation matches, making it all the way to the consolation final of the tournament, but ended up falling just short of the mark when she lost to Colorado Mesa’s Rebecca Osterberg.

In the B “draw”, Rubin dropped her opening match in three close sets to a Metro State rival, 6–2, 2–6, 5–10. After the loss, Rubin rallied and won three straight matches that saw her win the consolation final with a decisive victory of 6–3, 6–1 over Lauren Thomas of Colorado Mesa.

In doubles, the men’s teams couldn’t seem to find momentum, with the men’s doubles duo of Forman and Hum winning their first match but losing their second in the quarterfinals. The women’s tag team of Olivia Dicks ’23 and Rubin advanced to the consolation final, but got eked out of winning the title when they lost in a tight 7–5 battle.   

Both teams played their hearts out and came home with some great matches under their belts to open the season. The Tigers are ready and roaring for their next matchup coming up this Saturday, Sept. 14 in Pueblo, Colo. against Dallas Baptist University and Texas-Permian Basin.   

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