Women's tennis opened their season on the weekend of Sept. 29-30 at home. They began a three-match weekend against King’s College on Saturday, but fell 6-3, with King’s sweeping the three doubles matches. The Rangers split the singles matches with the Monarchs. Earning victories were Maria Navas Espinal (‘20) at No. 2, Kate Gangi (‘22) at No. 4 and Christina Christodoulou (‘20) in the No. 5 spot.
Seeking redemption on Sunday, the women’s team began their day against Arcadia University. Cristina Riccio (‘20) delivered for the Rangers in the final match as Drew edged the Knights 5-4. Ashley Camel (‘20) in the No. 1 slot, as well as Espinal and Christodoulou, all earned match victories in singles. Meanwhile, Riccio and Christodoulou won at No. 2 doubles.
In the second meet of the day, the Rangers faced Division I Rider University. They fell 7-2, earning their two points on forfeits by Rider.
Men’s tennis also competed in the same weekend, when they swept King’s College 9-0 in their season opening match. The Rangers’ singles matches were all won in the first two sets of a possible three set format. Later in the day, the men’s team took on Division I opponent Rider University, where they were swept 9-0. Vineet Vemulapally (‘19), in the No. 1 singles position, handled his morning matches with ease and came up just short of a set victory in the Rider matc
h when he fell in both sets 7-5.
The men completed their four-match homestand on Sunday when they took on Arcadia in a pair of non-conference matchups. The Rangers beat the Knights 8-1 and 6-3, finishing the weekend with a 3-1 record.
Will Morrison (‘19) and Bryce Kennedy (‘21) led the charge for the Rangers both going undefeated in singles’ play to secure two wins a piece. Kennedy also teamed up with Billy McDonald (‘22) to wrap up another win in the No. 1 doubles match. Morrison earned Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week honors as he went 3-0 on the weekend in his singles matches.
Women’s tennis returns to action on Friday, Oct. 5, when they welcome Division I opponent UC-Irvine to campus at 4 p.m. They won’t get much rest as they host the NJAIAW tournament on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Drew Tennis Complex to complete their fall schedule. Men’s tennis will close out its fall portion of their schedule when they head to Mahwah, N.J. to the Ramapo Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6.