Men’s Tennis Wins 7-2 Against Wooster in Conference Matchup


Photo by Erin Koo, Photo Editor

The men’s tennis team held Wooster in check last Wednesday.

On Wednesday, April 12, the men’s tennis team played the College of Wooster Fighting Scots. The Yeomen led the match 2–1 into the singles play. The team then won the second and third doubles matches against Wooster. Fourth-year Sean Billerbeck and third-year Rohan Gold beat their opponents 8–2. Another doubles pair consisting of fourth-year James Dill and second-year Grant North clutched a victory of 8–4 over the Wooster team.

In singles, Billerbeck fought a tight match against his Wooster opponent but eventually won in a tiebreak of 7–6 (7–5). After the tie, Billerbeck also won 6–1 in the second match. First-year Shawn Lisann also won his opening set 6–1 in opening position, then won the next match because of a withdrawal from Wooster.

In an email to the Review, Shawn Lisann expanded upon his thoughts on the season.

“Our best tennis is still ahead of us,” Lisann wrote. “Everyone on the team plays an important role, and it’s awesome that everyone comes prepared to compete every day. As a [first-year], it’s been awesome learning from everyone else on the team. We’ve got great leadership from our upperclassmen. The team is awesome.”

Second-year Sebastien Naginski also earned a victory over the Scots, winning his first set 6–3 and then falling 2–6. Naginski was able to secure his seventh win of the year, as he won 6–4 in his third set. Both Dill and fourth-year Samuel Topper were victorious. Dill beat his Wooster opponent 6–2, while Topper beat his opponent by matching 6–4 counts.

In an email to the Review, Topper commented on the season and his match on Wednesday.

“The season has gone pretty well so far,” Topper wrote. “This is the best team that weʼve had during my time here, and I really think we can make some noise at conferences this year. My match was fun today — I played a really consistent player who had a good backhand. … I struggled with my serve at the start of the match, but settled in nicely in the second set. It felt great to get a quality conference win in my last home match of the season.”

Topper is one of the few fourth-years who will graduate in the spring, so this is his last season playing with the team.

“My hope is to be able to fully enjoy the rest of my time being able to play college tennis,” Topper wrote. “My goal is to play at the level that my coach and my teammates know that I’m capable of playing at.”

The Yeomen have come off of a 3–0 spring break record. They hope to use the momentum from their 7–2 win during this matchup for the rest of the season. Next, the Yeomen take on Wittenberg University Saturday, April 15.