by Enedina Perez
Clawing to stay on top of the match, the University of La Verne men’s tennis team was unsuccessful at keeping up with the Chapman University Panthers, losing 9-0 on Wednesday.
During the singles play, sophomore Sergio Velazquez’s strong swings allowed him to win the first set, 6-4, of his No. 4 match. He lost the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-2, due to broken strings on his racquet.
“I had to use a different type of racquet with a different tension, so I lost,” he said.
Playing an intense set, freshman, No. 2, David Dang also managed to win the first set, 6-4, but he lost the second and third sets, 6-2 and 6-1.
Among the other players, junior Kris Holland played a close first set as well, but lost 7-5 and 6-1.
According to coach Tim Fitzgerald, his expectations for the team were pretty much met, but he still had hopes of winning a few matches.
“We hung tough throughout the single matches, except we came up a little short,” he said.
He compared the other team as being “strong all the way through.”
“We’re a little weaker down low, so that kind of gives them the advantage right off the bat,” said Fitzgerald.
For the doubles, Dang and Holland paired up, but lost their match, 8-4.
The other partners, which included senior Xavier Unamun and sophomore Andrew Nguyen; and senior Richard Coles and Velazquez, were also defeated, 8-1 and 8-2, respectively.
“The team overall, did not do so well,” said Velazquez. “We expected to do better.”
“I think we all played tough, but they’re just a little bit better, all the way around. They just have better depths in all their players,” Holland said.
The Leopards, who have a 2-9 record on the season, will face the College of Notre Dame of Northern California tomorrow at 10 a.m.