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Men’s tennis gets first win

After a tough 7-0 defeat against Lafayette to open the season Sept. 10, the men’s tennis team had two options: let that match determine the tone for the rest of the year, or turn things around.

The Explorers chose Option B with authority.

The Explorer volleyball team in action during a game last year.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, the men returned home to Belfield Courts to earn their first victory of the season in a 5-2 win over West Chester University. La Salle was deliberate in its handling of the Golden Rams, winning its singles matches in straight sets and two doubles matches by scores of 8-1 and 8-0. Wins by freshmen Matthew Rivera and Jonathan Maula were notable, as they were the first of their collegiate careers.

“We usually try to schedule Lafayette early in the season. They’re [traditionally] a very strong team, so it shows the new players what to expect,” Head Coach Ed Colfer said.

That way, the coach hopes, the team will be able to build off the loss and get stronger for the rest of the season.

Colfer’s strategy worked. While facing West Chester a week later, his players simply took things one point at a time. Their focus, patience and poise paid off in a lopsided victory.

The team is really excited about this season and the future of the tennis program. Having three freshmen in the starting lineup gives the coaching staff a lot to look forward to.

The Explorers do not have any time to relish in their victory. The men have a busy week ahead of them, including matches at Cabrini (Wednesday), home against Villanova (Thursday), at Philadelphia University of Sciences (Friday) and home against Rhode Island (Sunday).

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