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Tennis & Golf Celebrate A Great Weekend

The women’s golf team defeated Hofstra University in a dual meet at Jumping Brook Course in Neptune and Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Lakewood on March 14-15. The men’s golf team had a biweek; they will compete again on March 25-26 in Berlin, Maryland. The team earned a total score of 309 on Monday and 303 on Tuesday.

Juniors Liddie McCook and Paige Diecidue tied for an impressive first place with a score of 151. McCook scored 77-74 while Diecidue shot 77-74, on separate days.

Newcomer freshman Ava Lozito also scored a 74 during the dual meet. This was Liddie McCook’s third career win, while Paige Diecidue earned her second collegiate career win.

Junior Claire Orr finished in fourth place with a 79 on Monday, and a 78 the final day; freshman Jess Brehm earned a high seventh place as well. For fifth place, senior Amanda Hart finished the meet with a 79 on Tuesday.

Fifth-year students Cassidy Gavaghan earned eighth place while Isabel Vance came in ninth. Closing the dual meet was senior Mackenzie Matarese and junior Mia Sutton who both rounded up the score. Up next, the Hawks will compete at the Hartford Invite, at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Connecticut on April 2-3.

For the spring break week of March 14-18, the Men’s Tennis Team fell to UNC Wilmington but won two victories over Bryant University and Marquette University. It was a tough 4-0 match against the future Colonial Athletic Conference rival UNC Wilmington.

Head Tennis Coach Chris Leicht noted about that match, “We have to give UNCW a lot of credit, they played a great match as a team. Our guys battled and gave 100 percent effort. This was our first outdoor match of the spring, and we will continue to improve every day.”

Against UNC Wilmington, at No.2 doubles, MU earned a win when Dmitry Bezborodov and Gabriel Busato earned a 6-3 victory. The Seahawks then won at No.1 and No.3 doubles as well as No.1, No. 5, and No. 6 singles. This provided them with their four points.

On March 19, the Monmouth team then met Bryant at UNCW Courts where they won 4-0 in a great rebound. At the doubles point, Monmouth won at No.1 and No.2 doubles and were able to clinch the match after earning straight set wins.

These straight set wins came at the first, second, and third positions. Monmouth’s Niels Van Noord, Dmitry Bezborodov, and Lucca Silva are to thank as they each earned singles wins.

The winning didn’t stop at UNCW Courts when the team met Marquette and won 4-2 on Sunday. Marquette won the tight doubles point but there was no way Monmouth was going to let themselves lose.

Monmouth dominated with four singles victories in straight sets. In No.1 was Van Noord, and in No.3 was Silva. In No.3 was Charlie Penman, in No.4 was Trent Massam, and for No.5, each of them won with Penman coming in clutch, clinching the match.

Up next for the men is some conference play and their chase for a seventh consecutive MAAC Regular Season Championship when they host Fairfield this Saturday. The matchup will take place at 2 pm at Monmouth’s Outdoor Tennis Complex.

As for the women’s tennis team, they had a tough loss trailing 0-4 to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York on March 19.

Head Coach Patrice Murray said, “We went up against a good Army team today. We will now look ahead and prepare for our match against Fairfield next weekend.”

The team is looking forward to taking a victory at the outdoor tennis courts at Monmouth against Fairfield this Saturday, starting the MAAC regular season.