Men’s Tennis Continues Strong Start in Queens


Men’s Tennis continues its hot start, winning their first three matches. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

By Dylan Balsamo

The Fordham Rams Men’s Tennis squad improved to 3-0 this weekend with a victory in a road match at nearby Queens College, which is nationally ranked in Division II Tennis.

The first point came easily, as the Rams won all three double matches and secured an early lead on the night. The wins by the duos of freshman Jofre Segarra and junior Allen Thornes, junior Finn Kemper, sophomore Max Green, junior Fabian Mauritzson and sophomore Lutwin de Macar were winning combinations that put the Rams on the board first.

Queens immediately retaliated with strong singles play, quickly winning the first and sixth slots and claiming a 2-1 advantage to that point. They were pushing their way to another win before de Macar turned his 6-1 lost match against Kareem Rashad around to win the next two, both by a score of 6-1, and bring the meet back to an even score.

After de Macar’s win, Fordham did not look back, as a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win by Kemper over Richard Sec put the Rams back on top, and Mauritzson’s 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Rashad at second singles clinched a winning night for the squad. Sophomore Alex Makatsaria put the icing on Fordham’s Queens College cake by beating Evangelista in two sets, both in overtime, the final line being 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).

Mauritzson praised his teammates after the victory, saying, “the team is very pleased with the wins, and we feel we have a solid foundation moving forward.” He also cited Saturday’s wins and even the close losses as evidence of the team’s strength, saying, “we have all been extremely good competitors throughout this weekend.”

With a final score of 5-2, the Rams left Queens with a win, continuing their undefeated season. Next for the Rams comes a trip to Penn that will take place on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.