Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team was triumphant in their bout with the Ramapo College Roadrunners (5-1), posting a 6-3 non-conference win.
The Seahawks (4-4), coming off of their first Capital Athletic Conference win in dominating fashion, looked to extend the win streak to two.
Coming out in the doubles matches, the Hawks took the first loss at No. 1 doubles as senior captain Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and sophomore Connor McKissick (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) lost 8-4 to sophomore Willen Feygin (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) and first-year Matt Goldstein (Montville, N.J./Montville). The Seahawks would not be discouraged and battled back in the next two matches to go up 2-1, dropping only one game between the two matches.
Moving to the singles matches, the Seahawks again lost the first match with Hardesty being taken down by Feygin, 6-4, 6-3, to tie it up 2-2. Both senior captain Robert Bishop (Hollywood, Md./Great Mills) at No. 2 singles and junior Byron Dickerson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) at No. 4 singles both pulled out tremendous victories, beating their opponents in tiebreakers.
As the day went on, the Seahawks pulled out the overall win with triumphs in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches. At the No. 6 singles position, sophomore Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) found himself down 4-1 in the first set before winning 11 straight games to gain the final point for the Seahawks and close out the day.
With the victory, the Seahawks move to 4-4 on the year and will take on Edgewood College tomorrow, Thursday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the PTR Spring TennisFest in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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