Tennis comes up empty at ITA Regionals

The tennis team wrapped up its fall season over the weekend at the ITA Regionals, where they sent four members and failed to win a matchup.

Over the three-day tournament, the Pirates competed in the first two days but failed to qualify for the third day. The Pirates sent all four competitors to the court on Friday, with junior Rocio Portela seeing action in two matches. Portela was teamed up with junior Chole Sher in doubles where they lost to Harvard’s Sylvia Li and Amanda Lin in a 3-8 decision. The pair jumped out to an early lead 3-2, but action was later stopped because of a delay, hurting the Pirates momentum.

The other Pirates to play on day one were freshmen Julia Keenan and sophomore Madison Shoemaker who faced off against a tough Boston College Team who took first and second place last year in doubles at the ITA Tournament. The Pirates fell to Alex Kelleher and Katya Vasukyev in a 4-8 decision.

The Hall also took the court in singles action over the weekend. The tandem of Portela and Sher also participated in single matches of their own. On Friday Portela tried to advance past Stony Brook’s Becky Shtilkind, but she fell in straight sets, 4-6, 3-6.

Sher was the only Pirate that took the court on Saturday, as she earned a bye into the round of 64. Sher is a three-time qualifier in singles at the ITA tournament and looked to add a win for the third year in a row. Sher faced Brown’s Hannah Camhi who also had a first round bye. Sher ened up losing the match to Camhi but didn’t go down without a fight as she had an early 5-1 lead, only to falter and force the first set into a 13th game, where she lost.

The Pirates will take these loses into the offseason with them, but will put them in the back of their minds as they had a great fall campaign. They will be prepping all winter for their spring season that starts in February.

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Author: Staff Writer

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