Men, women split weekend matches in West Virginia

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

The tennis teams hoped to be busy last week, but Mother Nature forced the postponement of two matches.

The Scots continued on and spent the weekend in West Virginia. They wouldn’t be happy nor upset with the results.

Both the men’s and the women’s teams split their respective matches over the weekend. The women fell to Charleston before bouncing back with a victory against West Virginia Wesleyan, while the men lost to West Virginia Wesleyan and defeated Fairmont State.

The women’s team is now 5-6, while the men boast a record of 9-6. “The women had a real tough match against Charleston on Saturday in Morgantown,” head coach Lee Underwood said. “We played indoors. The match could’ve gone either way, but we came out on the losing end 6-3.”

The ladies mustered only one win in doubles, which has been plaguing the Scots for quite some time, according to Underwood.

“Doubles has been our thorn for our women’s team,” he admitted. “They haven’t been able to secure two out of the three [matches].”

The ladies were able to do just that however against West Virginia Wesleyan as they cruised to a 7-2 victory.

Additionally, the Scots took four of the six single matches.

Oranza Carillo had a successful two matches and was named the PSAC West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 29. The senior was victorious in both of her singles matches and was part of a doubles win as well.

The men’s team had a doubleheader on Sunday, facing West Virginia Wesleyan and Fairmont State. The Scots dropped a close 5-4 match to West Virginia Wesleyan, with the team’s splitting singles, but West Virginia Wesleyan won two doubles matches to take the victory.

According to Matias Aignasse of the men’s team, it is more about team cohesion than play on the court moving forward for Boro.

“I think it is really important,” Aignasse said. “So much of it is the better team that is the closer team. Last year we were the underdogs all of the season. At the end of the season, we started to get really close with each other, we started to believe in each other and we started to win the really important matches.” 

The Scots were together on and off the court in their nightcap as they won 8-1 against Fairmont State. The match was an opportunity for others to get playing time.

“We’ve got some PSAC matches coming up this week and we look to play well,” Underwood closed.

The men are scheduled to take a trip east visiting Bloomsburg on Friday and Kutztown on Saturday before heading south to face Fairmont State on April 6. The women’s match at Clarion on Tuesday was postponed, but the ladies will remain home for the next two matches, hosting Slippery Rock on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Mercyhurst on April 7.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com or Twitter: @tylertrumbauer