The Sonoma State University men’s tennis team traveled to Santa Clara this weekend where they battled it out and eventually fell short against a top division one team. During the first two rounds, the Seawolves were down 6-0 and 6-2, but led the Santa Clara Broncos in the third and final match.
They couldn’t keep their momentum, however, ending round three in yet another loss, 6-3. Santa Clara took the doubles matches. Turning over to the singles, the team went head-to-head with Santa Clara’s D1 line up. Round one in singles ended in 6-0 and 6-3 in favor of the opponents, and during the next three rounds the Seawolves put up a fight that unfortunately ended in defeat.
Sonoma State’s Allen Lock battled against Santa Clara player Jesus Barajas, but fell 6-0 and 6-1 in the match on Saturday.
“I rallied against him, and never gave up,” he said. “Barajas had a lot of energy on the court and it was hard to match his intensity. Experiencing what it takes to perform at that level will help benefit my game.”
Despite the losses, sophomore Alex Wong maintains a positive attitude, turning today’s losses into an opportunity to improve their 2018 season.
“Our opponents were definitely trying to intimidate us, but we responded well despite their efforts,” he said.
Under a new head coach Jose Hilla, the team has already seen progress.
“The attitude of the team completely changed for the better,” Lock said. “The team morale improved hugely from our rough 2-25 season last year. Practices are more motivational and I really feel the positive energy from the team.”
The Sonoma State men’s tennis team agreed that their performance against the elite Santa Clara Broncos was full of heart and a promise for a great season. Junior Connor Mengert is inspired by his teammates and the positive energy everyone brings to the court.
“We have a lot of barriers to break down along this upcoming season, but we are focusing on one match at a time,” Mengert said. “We’re trying to make a statement this year, that Sonoma State men’s tennis means business.”
The Seawolves traveled to Fresno for another non-conference scrimmage and a near sweep. Fresno State took Sonoma State in doubles, 6-2, 6-2, and 6-4. In singles, the Bulldogs bested the Seawolves in all but one match, capturing the 6-1 victory.
“Scrimmages are not always about the win, but more so for the team dynamic and how we all work together and push each other for a promising upcoming season,” Lock said.