By Alexandria Sedlak
The men’s tennis team played their only match of the weekend against St. John’s University this past Sunday, losing 0-7. It might have been a loss for the Rams this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they will stop working hard. It’s been a good season for the team so far, and they want to come back after this match stronger than before. Captain Harris Durkovic expresses this sentiment, saying, “We’ve been playing well so far throughout the season, beating teams like UConn last week. We want to continue to increase our match toughness.”
St. John’s won two out of the three doubles matches. Freshman Lutwin de Macar and sophomore Fabian Mauritzson dropped their set 1-6 in the first doubles position. For second doubles, sophomores Finn Kemper and Jeremy Chung were down 5-6 when the match was left unfinished. In the third doubles position, freshman Max Green and sophomore Allen Thornes lost their set 4-6.
The singles matches, though featuring some close contests, took a similar turn. In the first singles position, de Macar lost with a score of 2-6, 1-6. In the second singles position, Green dropped his match 2-6, 2-6. The third singles match, played by Mauritzson, went to St. John’s with a score of 6-4, 6-1. In the fourth singles position, Kemper fought a long three-set match, coming back after the first set, but ultimately fell with a score of 3-6, 7-5, 7-10. For fifth singles, Thornes lost his match with a score of 6-7, 1-6. Finally, in the sixth singles position, freshman Alex Makatsaria lost his match 4-6, 0-6. Overall, the actual points in the games were close, and Durkovic commented, “It really came down to a few points here and there that fundamentally decided the match.”
The Rams had a long Sunday night playing at their home courts in Harrison. Though it was a loss, the Rams are going to continue practicing and come back strong. The captain stated, “We now have some time to work on some things, since our next match is in over two weeks. We are looking forward to going outdoors in a few weeks.”
The Fordham team plays next on March 21 against Rider University in New Jersey. This match is followed by others on March 23 against Yeshiva University, March 24 against Saint Peter’s University and March 25 against Quinnipiac University.