Mens tennis commands College of New Jersey InvitationalPosted on September 16, 2013 | by Kenneth Lim
The NYU men’s and women’s tennis teams had an impressive showing over the weekend at the College of New Jersey Invitational in Ewing, N.J.
The men’s team emerged victorious in seven of 10 doubles matches played, continuing their dominance from the previous day. The Violets ended Saturday with a 16-5 record in singles.
Highlights include junior William Smithline and sophomore Sidd Thangirala winning both Flight B doubles matches. Junior Nicholas Tan and freshman Han Ren Lim also went 2-0.
Lim, originally from Singapore, was quick to laud the fighting spirit of his teammates, saying everyone fought hard to win.
“The team played good, solid tennis this weekend,” Lim said. “TCNJ is one of the better schools in Division III, and us having won the bulk of the matches definitely puts us in good shape leading up to the [Intercollegiate Tennis Association Championships].”
Head coach Horace Choy agreed with Lim, adding that most of the players are beginning to hit their stride.
“I thought that we continued our strong play,” Choy said. “I am happy with how both teams played. It was a good way to start the season.
Most players are in form, and the rest are close.” Lim was also cautious about a potential flu bug that might pose a challenge to the team’s performance at the upcoming ITAs.
“An obstacle leading up to this season would
probably be staying healthy,” he said. “I’ve been down with the flu for almost a week now.” The NYU women’s tennis team, led by sophomores Ashley Masanto and Alison Wang, also displayed their dominance. The Violets went 5-3 in doubles on Sunday, and won 10 of 16 singles matches the day before.
Choy was also optimistic at the women’s team’s prospects, especially after an excellent 2012-2013 season where they finished 13th in the ITA Northeast Region rankings.
“I’m expecting a good year,” Choy said. “The freshmen we brought in last year have had a year of experience, and that will mix well with the newcomers we’ve brought in this season.”
The men’s and women’s tennis team return to the courts at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Ithaca College and at the Vassar College Invitational during the weekend of Sept. 20, respectively.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 16 print edition. Kenneth Lim is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.