By Tamas Bodrog
Bridgewater State University’s men’s tennis team has not seen the results they were looking for this season.
The Bears are struggling to put together wins this season, as they have lost eight matches in a row to drop to 2-9 and 0-3 within the Little East Conference (LEC).
Despite the losing streak, Bridgewater State is still trying to give it all they have to turn things around on the court.
“We lost key players since last year, but we practice hard and implement new strategies,” said Bridgewater State head coach John Nestel, who is in his first year at the helm. “Results should come after we play our best. Our players give 100 percent still.”
Three of their recent losses have all come by a 6-3 score as they dropped matches to Gordon College, Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut State University.
In the loss to Western Connecticut State on Monday at home, the Bears held a 2-1 lead after doubles play, but could not hold on for the win.
Sophomore Hung Huynh and senior Eric Johnson got the win at first doubles, while senior Cody Farrell and sophomore Michael Mello picked up the win at third doubles.
However, the Bears struggled in singles play, as Farrell was the only player to earn a win in singles competition.
Even with the losses piling up, the Bears are hoping to prove that their hard work in practice will translate to the matches.
“We have had a tough adjustment this season but we are getting better every match,” said senior captain Jesse Gotlib. “We work hard every day, which is bound to pay off.”
At the bottom of the LEC standings, many have counted out the Bears. And despite a record that is well below the .500 mark, the Bears are still looking to put all their losses behind them and make some noise at the end of the regular season.
“I don’t see why we should be written off,” Farrell said. “Our main difficulty was playing the big points in close matches, but if everyone brings their A-game in that situation we can give our opponent a run for their money.”
Tamas Bodrog is a Comment staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.