Men’s Tennis Loses NEAC Opener

Men’s Tennis Loses NEAC Opener

The Keuka College men's tennis team traveled to Lancaster Bible College Friday afternoon for its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener, and despite a solid win from junior Justin Fries (Marion, NY/Marion), the Storm suffered an 8-1 setback at the Linden Hall School in Lititz, Pa.

Fries outlasted Alex Derus in a three-set thriller at first singles, winning the first set 7-5 before dropping the second 6-2. In a winner-take-all pro set tiebreaker, Fries emerged with a 10-6 win, his first victory of the season after dropping a three-setter at first singles vs. Pitt-Bradford.

But the Storm (0-2, 0-1) lost the remaining five singles matches and dropped all three doubles contests to lose for the second time this year.

Fries and senior Kyle Rivera (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) lost to Derus and Grant Noel 8-3 at first doubles. They were the only Storm doubles team to score a game off the Chargers (5-3, 1-0 NEAC).

Besides Fries, only Rivera, who fell 6-1, 6-0 to Alex Ko at second singles, managed to win a game in singles action for the Green and Gold.

Keuka returns to action with a 10 a.m. NEAC clash Saturday morning with Penn State-Berks.