Both the men and women's tennis teams traveled to Florida over spring break to continue their spring seasons and gain some valuable playing experience for their upcoming league matches.
Opening play in Orlando, the men's team was matched up first against North Central College. Winning 5-4 overall, the Mules were led by first-years Matthew Mantikas and Dan Freeman, who found success at second and sixth singles, respectively, in addition to their win together at second doubles.
In the Mules' next match, the men couldn't quite repeat their previous winning efforts, losing 7-2 against Luther College. Mantikas, playing at fifth singles, and sophomore Joe Albano, playing at sixth singles, represented the two victories for the Mules against Luther. On the third day of play, the Colby men pulled out a close win over Lawrence University. With one match to go, and the teams tied at 4-4, Freeman came through in the clutch for the Mules, battling back to defeat his opponent at first singles. Sadly, the final matches, played against the University of Northern Ohio, did not swing in the Mules' direction, and the men lost several close games to leave the final score at 5-4.
The women's contests, which also occurred in Orlando, began against Calvin College on March 23. Although co-captain Tara Davidson '10 led the Mules with wins at fourth singles and second doubles, the women couldn't hold their own against Calvin, ultimately falling by an overall score of 6-3. Katie Brezinski '11, the other half of the second doubles team, and Mckenzie Love '13, who won at sixth singles, also contributed greatly to the Mules' efforts. Sadly, the women's losing streak continued the following day against Luther College as the Mules lost again by a score of 6-3. Kathryn Vergeyle '12 won at fifth singles and combined with Julie Achenbaum '10 for a victory at third doubles, but such strong endeavors were not enough to overcome Luther's offense. Determined not to slide any further, the women recovered their strength during the last few days of spring break to win the final matches of the trip. Turning the tables against the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, the Mules were victorious in five of six singles matches. Co-captain Audrey Jacobsen '10, Katie Muto '11, Brezinski, Davidson and Vergeyle all won in straight sets for Colby in singles play. Rounding out the week in style, the women were hugely successful in their last matches against the University of Northwestern Ohio, easing their way to victory with a final score of 9-0.
Coming out of spring break, the teams look to build off of their well-earned victories. With the men and women both headed into regular season New England Small College Athletic Conference matches, it appears that the Mules are prepared to win against any competitors.