The Drew University men's tennis team closed out its fall schedule with a pair of close victories at King's College on Saturday, Oct. 19 to finish the season 4-0. In addition, a small handful of Rangers also turned in strong individual performances at the Ramapo Invitational the same day.
The Rangers opened the day with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Cabrini University. Drew won two of three doubles matches to open up a 2-1 lead. Lorenzo Fuga (’23) and Bryce Kennedy (’21) combined for a tiebreaker victory at number two doubles, winning 8-7 (7-3) while Karel Raska (’20) and Sam Seaver (’23) posted an 8-0 sweep at number three doubles.
Drew clinched the victory by splitting the three singles matches. Geoffrey Diehl (’20) won 6-0, 6-2 at number one singles, while Fuga posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at position number two. Brett Philip (’22) rallied for 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 win at the number three spot.
Against King's, the competition jumped to a 2-1 lead after winning the number one and three doubles matches. Kennedy and Raska won 8-2 in the number two doubles slot. The Rangers came back to win the match by pulling off victories in the bottom four singles matches, from Raska at number three (6-1, 6-0), John Dickey (’23) at number four (6-3, 6-3), Seaver at number five (7-5, 6-1) and Ryan Money (’23) at number six (6-0, 6-1).
Meanwhile, at Ramapo, Billy MacDonald (’22) and Bryce Weizer (’20) turned in the team's top performances, with each finishing 3-0 in the C bracket. Leo Ambrogio (’23) finished 1-1 in the C bracket, while Dan Blumenthal (’22) and Jeremy Gottlieb (’22) each went 1-2 in the B bracket.
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Women’s tennis had an incredible showing versus Cabrini University, sweeping the six singles and three of their doubles matches. Ashley Camel (’20), Maria Navas Espinal (’20), Danielle DelRosso (’23), Christina Christodoulou (’20), Sarah Noel Jeune (’20) and Sabrina Nezaj (’23) made Drew proud with their successful singles matches. Camel in the number one singles position shutout her opponent in straight sets.
Camel and Christodoulou partnered for the number one doubles match, winning the set at 8-1. DelRosso and Kate Gangi (’22), as well as Rachel Kim (‘22) and Navas Espinal, both won their doubles match with a set victory of 8-4 record.
In the matchup with King’s College, the women’s tennis team had another great showing. Drew won five out of their six singles matches and won all three of their doubles matches. Gangi fought hard for her win at number four singles to earn the win in the third set. At number one doubles, DelRosso and Camel along with the number three doubles pair of Gangi and Jeune both almost had shutout matches playing their sets to 8-1 wins.