After beginning their season this past fall, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) men’s and women’s tennis teams are heading into their final match of the season on April 19. Both teams will travel to Pikesville, MD to take on Stevenson University. After this match, the SMCM tennis players will switch gears towards the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships.
On March 24, both SMCM squads held their senior day against Penn State Harrisburg. They also both came away with impressive 9-0 wins. For the women’s team, Melissa Barall, Savannah Bergen, Chelsea English, Cristal Garcia-Lara, and Raziela Manangan were all honored for their time playing at SMCM. Once the match began it was nothing but victories for the Seahawks. The teams of Barall and English, Bergen and first year Alden Grosh, and Garcia-Lara and Manangan all won their respective doubles matches. To finish up the day for the women’s team, all six singles matches were won by the Seahawks as well, according to smcmathletics.com.
The men’s tennis team also had quite a successful senior day. SMCM recognized seniors James Loftis, Connor McKissick, and Kyle Van Winter prior to the match. Sophomores Ethan Garren and Jon Gorel led the way as the number one doubles pairs, defeating their opponents eight to five. McKissick and Van Winter followed suit with a 8-3 victory of their own. Loftis and sophomore Ron Stith then wrapped up doubles play with an 8-1 win. All six single matches were once again swept by the Seahawks, according to smcmathletics.com.
On April 7 the Seahawks had another big day, this time against Frostburg State University. Once again, Garren and Gorel were victorious in their number one doubles match and McKissick and Van Winter were victorious in their number two doubles match. This time for the Seahawks, junior Jacob Bartholomew and Stith rounded out doubles play with another victory. Once again, SMCM swept singles competition to finish with another 9-0 win.
The women’s team came away with an 8-1 victory of their own against Frostburg. Barall and English claimed victory in number one doubles. They were followed by Bergen and Manangan and then sophomore Claire Bodine and Alden Grosh who won number two and number three doubles respectively. SMCM went on to win five out of six singles matches to conclude a very successful day, according to smcmathletics.com.
Heading into their final match on the year, the SMCM men’s team sits at a 5-9 record overall and a 2-5 record in conference. The women’s team is at 7-6 overall, while they are 2-4 in conference (April 15 match not included).