Men’s and women’s tennis drop games to TCNJ and NJCU

Ramapo’s men’s and women’s tennis teams dealt with some tough losses this past week as they played their first New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) games of the year.

First up, the men’s team played against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on Friday, with the Lions earning a 9-0 victory. TCNJ now sits 9-3 on the season and 2-0 in the NJAC.

The Roadrunners fell early in the three doubles matches, but managed a partial recovery during the singles. In the second singles match, senior Kenny Elliott put up a good fight against TCNJ’s Adrian Tsui in their three sets. Elliott narrowly won their first set 7-5, but fell to Tsui in the second and third (4-6, 4-10).

Ramapo’s efforts weren’t enough to garner them any wins, with losses in the five other singles matches as well.

In a similar fate on Monday, the men’s team lost 9-0 in their games against New Jersey City University (NJCU). The Roadrunners are now 4-6 for the year and 0-2 in NJAC play while NJCU improved to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the NJAC.

The Roadrunners started off strong with Elliott and sophomore Siddharth Byreddy playing a competitive match against NJCU’s Nico Teynie and Alejandro Ley. It ultimately ended 8-6, giving a win to the Knights. 

The women’s tennis team dropped two NJAC games in the last week. Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

Ramapo gave it their all in their singles matches, specifically in the third and fourth matches with junior Matthew Doran playing against NJCU’s Pedro Caro-Accino Ro and Alejandro Pacheco against Joaquin Pluis. They managed to score some points, but fell to the NJCU’s players in the end with the same score of 0-2 (3-6, 2-6). The other two doubles and four singles were also losses for the Roadrunners. 

The men’s team will play again at home in a non-conference game against Saint Elizabeth University on Thursday at 4 p.m.

As for the women’s team, they played against NJCU on Monday with the result being an 8-1 loss. The women’s team is now 5-6 on the season and 1-1 in the NJAC. NJCU is 8-3 overall and remains undefeated in the NJAC, 5-0. 

It was a difficult game all around for the Roadrunners, with few points being scored in the doubles and singles matches. Junior Melanie Brentnall and sophomore Mackenzie Dates scored some points in the first doubles match against NJCU’s Giada Zorzan and Eliza Clamor, 3-8. The match ultimately went in the Knights’ favor. 

Tahlia Crescenzo earned the Roadrunners their sole win of the game at the very end in the final singles match against NJCU’s Lockslea Mayers. Crescenzo defeated Mayers in a single set, with a score of 8-4. 

The women’s team will play next against Kean University in another NJAC matchup. It will take place Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Union.

Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics