Men’s tennis shutout by Maryland

Amy Watkins

Looking for its first win of the season, the men’s tennis team traveled to College Park, Md. on Sunday to take on the University of Maryland Terrapins. Villanova came away instead with its fourth consecutive loss, as the Terps dominated the entire match and posted a 7-0 shutout.

In doubles play, Villanova had a hard time keeping up with its opponent. The pair of senior Alex Leeser and junior John Drosick battled Maryland’s Ryan Lissner and John Collins but came up short, 9-7.Sophomores Mike Taylor and Alex Hanno fell to Jesse Kiuru and Tommy Laine, 8-3, and the duo of freshman Connor Witty and junior Trenton Alenik lost to Mathias Sarrazin and Ian Mansfield by the same score.Maryland won the doubles point with ease, and as singles play began, the Terps stayed in control.First, Villanova’s Witty was defeated by Laine, 6-3, 6-0. The majority of the Wildcats went down in similar fashion, as Hanno lost to Collins, 6-0, 6-1, Alenik fell to Sarrazin, 6-1, 6-0, and Taylor fell to Kiuru, 6-1, 6-1.Leeser and junior David Shaheen both took their opponents to a third set but failed to win in the tiebreaker, allowing Maryland to complete the sweep.Shaheen was held scoreless in the final set, and Leeser, the closest to pulling off what would have been the lone ‘Nova victory, was defeated 7-5.Historically, the Wildcats have struggled against the Terrapins, and Sunday’s match was no different.Villanova is not alone, however; Maryland is undefeated this season. In fact, just one day before hosting the ‘Cats, the Terps shut out Georgetown, another Big East opponent.After defeating ‘Nova, Maryland went on to sweep Howard University and finished off a weekend during which it had faced three teams and had not given up one match.While Maryland improved to 3-0, Villanova can only hope that the remainder of its schedule provides some opportunities for the Wildcats to be winners.So far this season, Witty has been the only player to record a win, but if his teammates can follow suit, Villanova may be able to change its ways.Although it will be a while before ‘Nova meets the Terps again, another road trip to Maryland is just around the corner. This Saturday, the team will be back in action against Navy in Annapolis.