The Lords came to conquer, walking away from their last three matches the victors. On April 5, the Lords beat Denison University, ranked 30th in the country, by a crushing 8-1. On April 10 and 11 the Lords beat Allegheny College and Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) 9-0 and 8-1, respectively.
Against Denison, the only match they conceded was at the fifth singles position, with Tristan Kaye ’17 surrendering his match due to an injury.
This was the Lords’ first conference match and was likely one of their toughest, as Denison is the only other nationally ranked team in the conference; the Lords are ranked 18th nationally.
The match against Denison seemed to serve as a catalyst for an explosion of wins for the Lords. They continued on the road Sunday, traveling to Meadville, Pa. to defeat Allegheny College with a perfect score of 9-0, every Lord enjoying the sweet taste of victory. Additionally, with the expectation of an easy match-up against the Gators, Head Coach Scott Thielke gave the line-up a shake and allowed a variety of players to compete and various doubles teams to test their chemistry.
On Monday the Lords competed on their home Jasper Tennis Courts against a fellow Ohio school, Capital University’s Crusaders, demolishingtheir opponent by yet another blowout score, 8-1.
The win improved the Lords’ overall record to 6-9 as they head into more conference play before the NCAC playoff tournament, which starts April 29.
The team’s next match is this afternoon at the College of Wooster, whose Fighting Scots are 9-10 overall. If the Lords win their conference tournament they will secure a bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.