SPRINGFIELD —The Springfield College Men’s tennis team suffered a hard-fought 4-5 loss Wednesday night against the Emerson at Appleton Court. The Pride fall to 4-7 on the season and continue to look for their first conference win of the season, while the Lions are now 9-5 overall.
“We got off to a slow start, doubles we didn’t bring our best effort and our energy wasn’t there,” said head coach Mike Louis.
The men were swept in its three doubles matches. Court Honda and Drew Delorenzo lost 8-3 in No. 1 doubles; Freddie Moffa and Jack Anastopoulos lost 8-5 in No. 2 doubles and James Foley and Hieu Ton lost 8-3.
Following the opening double matches the men bounced back, taking four of the six singles matches. Honda continued to play his best tennis at the No. 1 singles spot winning in straight sets 7-5 and 6-3 against the Lions star freshman Bass Lin — who attended Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, California. Honda brought a lot of energy to the match and the crowd and teammates had their eyes glued to the match.
The Pride freshmen continued to perform well in their singles matches as Jack Anastopoulos, Lucas Van Deventer and Hieu Ton all won their second match in a row to give the team a chance to win. However, it wasn’t enough as Delorenzo lost 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles and Freddie Moffa lost 6-3, 6-1 in No. 3 singles.
Louis said of the trio of freshman, “They want it, in practice, they’re working hard and in matches, they’re applying what they’re learning in practice.”
There are a lot of bright spots to look at following this match, with a freshman class of four the group will continue to learn from these early experiences.
“We’re a freshman team but guys like Jack, Lucas, Hieu and James, these moments and experiences will serve them better for the future,” said Louis.
The men will travel to Western Connecticut State on Friday for their final out of conference match of the year.
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