March 6, 2013

Men's Tennis Finishes Strong Down South

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Adrian College men's tennis team captured a pair of wins in the Palmetto State during the teams' recent spring trip. The Bulldogs headed south to hit the courts outdoors for the first time during the spring season.

Adrian dropped the first match on Monday to Roanoke College, 7-2, with senior Cameron Hamilton and freshman Alex Amos picking up victories on the day. Freshmen Spencer Georgetti and Troy Gargrave each split sets in singles and lost in the third set.

"We had great matches against Roanoke, even at some of the spots we lost we had very solid play," said head coach Adam Albertsen. "That first match outdoors definitely was an adjustment period for the guys as the speed of the game really slowed down and now they were dealing with a different style of game as well as the weather. Cameron Hamilton played one of his best matches of the year and picked up a great win at No. 3 singles."

The Bulldogs had a reversal of fortune on Tuesday cruising to an 8-1 win over Westminster (Pa.). The Titans provided little resistance in doubles play as the Bulldogs swept all tandem matches. Freshman Jordan Verbauwhede got a test at No. 1 singles as he dropped the first set, 6-0, before rallying for a 6-2, 10-5 outcome.

"The guys did not waste any time in the second day turning things around," commented Albertsen. "We felt a little more comfortable being outside and turned it up right away in doubles action. Ryan Delacy had a great day and was really striking the ball well. Jordan battled back after digging a big hole and never gave up. I was extremely proud of how they fought and executed on the court against Westminster."

The long ride home was a happy one as the tightest match came on Wednesday with a 5-4 win over St. John Fisher to propel the team's overall record to 7-3. The Bulldogs got off to a 3-0 lead after doubles with Hamilton and Amos rallying at No. 2 to win 9-8 (7-5).

Verbauwhede and Michael Mertz picked up the lone singles wins against St. John Fisher which ended up sealing the match.

"We stress doubles every day in practice and it ended up being the difference in our final match," mentioned Albertsen. "If Cameron and Alex do not dig out of the hole they were in, we end up losing the match. They both kept their head in the game and never got out of what they wanted to do. Jordan and Michael have been our consistent singles players and they picked up the final two points for us to bring home the win."

"It was great to go down to Hilton Head and play some different competition and get outdoors early in the year as well as bringing the team closer together," added Albertsen. "I am really proud of the men how they competed and adjusted to each different match. I saw a lot of great things from everyone on the team and we look to continue to build off that as we get into the heart of our schedule. "

The men play next when they travel to Milwaukee to play Concordia (Wis.) and MSOE on March 15 and March 16.