As the weather turns warmer, the Springfield College men’s tennis team is in the home stretch of conference play before the NEWMAC tournament.
The men find themselves in a rough stretch of their schedule, losing two of their last three matches. “When we played Trinity, who is another solid team, they were the more aggressive and louder team,” said junior Alex Romaine. “But for MIT, even though we lost, we felt like it was a win because it was the first time in program history that we were able to take three points against them.”
Against No. 21 ranked MIT, which has won the last 18 NEWMAC championships, the men stood strong, yet lost in a close 6-3 match.
“We definitely have a lot of momentum because after getting smacked 9 to 0 last year, losing 6 3 is a confidence boost,” said Romaine. “Going into Coast Guard we have a lot more confidence we can win, since we only lost 5-4 last year. We believe we are a much stronger team this year.”
On the other side, the women finished their year with a solid 12-6 record by winning their last two matches against Salem State (9-0) and Salve Regina (8-1). The women have won all five of their matches during the spring season.“We’ve become our own little family,” said senior Stephanie Foster. “I believe that is a big part of why we were so successful this spring season.”
Foster stood out for the Pride, as she only lost one set throughout both matches. “As a senior, I play every point like it’s my last, because it basically is,” said Foster. “The adrenaline from that definitely helped, as well as the support from my awesome teammates and coaching staff.”
The men are back in action, Wednesday, April 12 against Coast Guard in their first of four conference matches to end their regular season.