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Van Deventer, Kilburn nab singles wins in final match against Wheaton

By Ian Snowdeal 

The Springfield College men’s tennis team (0-4) lost its final match of the season 7-2 against New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, Wheaton College (1-4). 

This was the end of a tentative spring season for the short-handed Pride who looked to improve every match they were given. 

No. 4 singles Lucas Van Deventer came out on top in his match 6-4, 6-3. It was Van Deventer’s first singles win of the season after having an impressive start to his career two years ago. “Coach told me that this was my best game of the season,” said Van Deventer. 

At No. 5 singles, David Kilburn also notched his first singles win of the season 7-6, 6-4. 

No. 2 singles Greg Baker fought hard but lost his match 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets. 

The men’s team will look to be back at full strength next season after yielding a roster of five men this season.

“We only had five guys so we were just going through day by day and crushing it in practice. It really paid off in the end,” said Van Deventer, “Everything is looking well for us. We are really excited to have a full team and we are just going to stick to our game plan and hopefully, that carries on from the fall to spring.”

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