Charles Swope put on an incredible show Wednesday, fighting until the very last serve of his match and the final volley of the men’s tennis team’s Fall season.
The Royals dropped a 5-4 contest to Ramapo College in the fourth and final match of their Fall schedule, bringing their record to 2-2. That decision did not come easy for Ramapo, though.
Swope and his opponent, Adam Petrovics, battled through cramps and minor injuries for an hour and a half, both displaying valiant efforts to capture the deciding match. Swope lost the set 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 5-10, but Head Coach Jack Rubano applauded his and the team’s determination.
“I certainly saw a lot of heart, a lot of grit,” Rubano said. “Although we came up on the losing end, sometimes matches like these aren’t really reflected in the box score.”
The Royals jumped ahead to a 2-1 lead after doubles matches. Sophomore Christian Aksu and junior Emmett Ryan claimed a victory in the number two spot on the lineup 8-3 while Swope and sophomore Brian Harkins won in the third spot 8-2.
The University collected just two wins in singles from Harkins (6-0, 6-1) and Aksu (6-0, 6-1) in the fourth and fifth spots, becoming two-time winners on the day.
The men’s tennis team started their season with victories against Messiah (6-3) and Marywood (9-0) before losing two in a row to finish 2016, including a 6-3 loss to Wilkes. Landmark Conference play will begin in the spring.
Rubano said the Fall schedule should help prepare the young team for the longer Spring portion by building team chemistry and working on fundamentals.
“I’m looking forward to the upside of our team,” Rubano said. “It’s a team with a mix of experienced and young guys. I think there’s a lot of optimism and potential to do well.”