The ball did not bounce in favor of Sonoma State University Men’s Tennis in a busy weekend dropping three games against Holy Names University (L 0-9), George Fox University (L 4-5), and UC Davis (L 0-7). The Seawolves now hold a current record of 0-4 this season.
Friday’s home debut against Holy Names Hawks consisted of sweeps in both singles and doubles competitions. HNU has a national ranking #33, and a regional ranking #6; SSU is regionally ranked #8.
Despite the numerical outcome, the bout had its fair share of excitement. On Court 2, sophomore Sullivan Roche and freshman Christian Francisco battled but were ultimately defeated by the Hawks 8-3.
Senior Daniel Holz’s respectful performance against regionally-ranked opponent Hugo Calpart lasted 3.5 hours and resulted in a first set triumph of 6-2, then a 7-6 fall in his second. The third set tiebreaker did not take place, however, as a leg cramp left Holz hobbling through the final second set point and to throw in the towel. Holz believes that defeat was a result of “one of the challenges of being a student athlete.” When asked about the cramp, Holz responded:
“I went straight from class directly to the match and hadn’t eaten since breakfast at 8:00 AM, and my match ended at 4:30 PM,” Holz said. “The match was very long, roughly 3.5 hours, so my leg ended up seizing up on me as I lunged for the ball.”
Aside from the cramp, Holz took accountability for his moments of inconsistency, suggesting, “it came down to which player was more consistent, and this could be said about any game.” Holz proceeded to note that his short-term focus on his game would be to continue to push the net and keep pressure on every point; up till now, this has given him good results.
Day two of the busy weekend matched the Seawolves up against the George Fox University Bruins, a Division 3 school out of Newberg, Oregon. The Seawolves were successful in obtaining the No. 2, 3, and 4 spots in singles with the success of Blaine Mengert (No. 2), Logan Lidell (No. 3), and Sullivan Roche (No. 4). Unfortunately, the Bruins clipped two of three in doubles against the Seawolves, clinching the W on the day, 5-4.
The 0-7 loss Sunday afternoon at UC Davis ended the weekend, leaving the Seawolves with a current record of 0-4.
Senior Logan Lidell spoke by and large about the weekend’s performances and the current state of the team. “I think I have played pretty well, really trying to compete every point that I play and its been good to see the improvement after every match,” Lidell commented. “We have had a tough couple matches so far playing some top level D1 teams and I think our team has done very well at keeping a high energy level and intensity.”
In regards to the team’s future, Lidell remarked, “we have a very young roster and many of them are experiencing college tennis for the very first time. Some of our true freshman are having an opportunity to make a big impact on our team and hopefully as the season goes on they will continue to do so.”
Lidell has played on the Men’s Tennis team for the past 3 years, and now at the start of his senior season, memories are starting to come back to him. “I’ve been reflecting before my matches and remembering all the great times I’ve had with the coaches, my teammates, the faculty, and all the fans that come out to support us. Sonoma has been a great home for me as an athlete and as a student and I will always be a Seawolf because of it.”