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Springfield College men’s tennis faces tough competition

Gage Nutter
Staff Writer

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Photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics.

The Springfield College men’s tennis team went 1-2 last week by getting a win against Wheaton College, as well as two losses to Coast Guard and nationally ranked Amherst.

Against Coast Guard, Springfield’s number two doubles team of Alex Romaine and Court Honda produced an 8-3 win as the Pride trailed 2-1 after doubles play.

Romaine, Honda, and Tanner DeVarennes accounted for all three of Springfield’s singles wins at the top three spots. DeVarennes grinded out a 5-7, 7-6, and 10-4 win at No. 1, while Romaine rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 2. Honda added a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 win for the visitors playing at No. 3. However, Coast Guard was able to get one more win than the Pride in doubles play, giving Springfield the close 5-4 loss.

Against Wheaton, the team earned an important NEWMAC victory with a final decision of 5-4.

The win was the team’s first against Wheaton since the 2012 season.

Springfield trailed 2-1 after doubles play, with Alex Romaine and Court Honda producing an 8-2 win. Tanner DeVarennes and Justin Danielewicz battled at the No. 2 spot before being edged by a 9-8 decision.

DeVarennes continued his strong play with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles play, while Romaine rallied for a 3-6, 6-1-, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot. Honda delivered at No. 3, 6-2, 6-3 and Kyle Beynor added a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5.

Coming off the important NEWMAC victory against Wheaton, the squad competed against nationally-ranked Amherst.

The guys gave all they had, but to no avail. Springfield lost by a 9-0 decision, giving the team a 7-6 record going into this week.

The Pride’s top doubles team of Alex Romaine and Court Honda dropped an 8-2 decision, while Honda battled at the No. 3 singles spot, 6-0-6-3.

Kyle Beynor had Springfield’s closest match at No. 5 singles, falling by a 6-4, 6-1 score.

The squad may have gone 1-2 over the week, but the win against Wheaton is huge for seeding in the NEWMAC tournament.

“Beating Wheaton was a huge boost for the team,” said DeVarennes. “We are going confident going into this week’s matches with a good mindset and ready to compete hard.”

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