St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team split the first two matches of the 2015-16 campaign this weekend. St. Mary's (1-1) dropped a 6-3 decision at The Catholic University of America (1-0) on Saturday afternoon before rebounding with a 9-0 shutout of Hood College (0-2) on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's victory gives first-year head coach Tyler Robinson his first career coaching wins.
The Seahawks played a tough Catholic squad on Saturday in Robinson's head coaching debut but came away with three points at No. 1 doubles and No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
Senior Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and sophomore Connor McKissick (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) posted a an 8-2 win over junior Juan Lorido (Miami, Fla.) and first-year Alex Davis (Columbia, Pa.) at No. 1 doubles, evening up the match at 1-1.
Catholic then won four straight points before sophomore Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) came up with the 6-2, 6-0 win over Davis at No. 6 singles and senior Nick Ersoy (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) tallied a hard-fought 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 triumph over first-year Ted Tiu (Metuchen, N.J.) at No. 5 to close the gap to 5-3.
On Sunday, St. Mary's cruised to the 9-0 shutout of the Blazers. The Seahawks opened up the match with a 2-0 lead as Hood was a player short.
Hardesty and McKissick moved to 2-0 on the young season with an 8-3 victory over Alex and Josh Sexton (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa) at No. 1 doubles. Ersoy improved to 2-0 in singles action with a 6-0, 6-0 win over sophomore Natnail Tesfay at No. 5 singles.
St. Mary's will be back in action at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships on October 3-5. The regional tournament is hosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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