The Wittenberg University men’s tennis team climbed back into the win column this weekend for the first time since returning from their spring break trip when the defeated Capital University 8-1.
The win improves the Tigers record to 10-6 overall while their conference record stays at 0-2.
“The freshman have been the key for us this year,” said senior Rob Lehner. “They are starting to play like upperclassmen due to the experience they have been gaining. With multiple freshman playing in big tie slots, this team will have a lot of experience going into the NCAC tournament and next season.”
The Tigers were led to victory behind a strong team effort that saw the Tigers win all of the doubles matches and five out of six singles matches.
Freshman Tyler Strong picked up the win playing in the number two singles spot in three sets with scores of 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 while the duo of Lehner and freshman Joseph Marra picked up the win in the number one doubles spot with a score of 9-7.
With the number of freshman and underclassmen playing, the length of the season is beginning to take its toll on them, but Lehner feels that they can fight through it.
“With the amount of underclassmen playing such a big roll and playing so well, the season is starting to take its toll,” said Lehner. “Having a senior like Bobby Fisher who has been there before helps because he can help encourage some of the youth on the team.”
With the conference tournament just around the corner, the Tigers are beginning to shift their focus in that direction and begin to strategize on what they can do in order to give themselves the best shot.
“If we can win at least two of the three double courts, we can do some damage in the conference tournament,” said Lehner. “We have a really strong singles group, so if we can get our doubles teams going, we can make some surprises.”
The final home match of the season is slated for April 13 at 4:30 p.m. against the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops.