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Tennis wins last match after three losses

by Shelby Toth - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 11:00 pm
After three losses, The College at Brockport's women's tennis team, the Golden Eagles, made a comeback during the last of its three matches, beating SUNY Oswego 7-2. The Golden Eagles' next game is against the William Smith College Herons on Thursday, Sept. 21 on Brockport's home courts.
After three losses, The College at Brockport's women's tennis team, the Golden Eagles, made a comeback during the last of its three matches, beating SUNY Oswego 7-2. The Golden Eagles' next game is against the William Smith College Herons on Thursday, Sept. 21 on Brockport's home courts.

Women’s tennis had a long weekend, playing three matches over five days. The team lost the first two, before coming back and winning the last one. 

The Golden Eagles lost 1-8 at home on Thursday, Sept. 14 against Geneseo. The lone win came from Kiely during her singles match against Geneseo’s Jennifer Buckhout.

The team lost 3-6 on Saturday, Sept. 16  as well to SUNY Cortland. The team secured two of the wins in doubles and their third in singles. The first double was won by senior Kelsey Shanahan and senior Autumne Venturino, while the second was secured by freshman Jennifer Kiely and freshman Phoebe Morse. The singles match was won by Venturino.

The team brought it back, though, on Monday, Sept. 18, winning against SUNY Oswego 7-2.

Overall, their season moved to 2-7. They broke their losing streak of five matches with their second win of the season.

Sophomore Elizabeth Bean leads the team with three single wins and one double win. Jennifer Kiely is also doing well, adding two single wins and two double wins.

Despite the losses, the team remained in good spirits during the matches. This can be credited in part to the different leadership dynamics on the team.

A great source of leadership on the team comes from Head Coach, Ed Gonzales. While Gonzales himself declined to comment in favor of his players speaking, they had a lot to say about their coach.

“He’s very considerate of us,” co-captain Kelsey Shanahan said. “He’s always wanting to help out and give us pointers when we’re playing.”

According to the college’s website, Gonzales has a long history here at The College at Brockport. After graduating from the college, he became the assistant coach from 1987-1988. He then went on to become the head coach for the team from 1992-2010. Gonzales has also worked as a coach at numerous other schools, including Penfield High School, Brockport High School, Greece Central Schools, the Jewish Community Center of Rochester and St. John Fisher College.

As a bystander, you can see Gonzales watching his team with a careful eye. He goes from match to match, giving encouragements and advice as he moves along.

“He’s laid back but he gives enough support to where we’re all learning how to be a better player… he is very very supportive all the time,” sophomore Elizabeth Bean said.

Gonzales isn’t the only leader for the team. Co-captains Shanahan and Autumn Venturino also provide support for their teammates.

“It was really hard last year, we only had one captain and a lot of [younger] girls,” Bean said. “[This year’s captains] bring a lot of good leadership qualities to the table, we’re just there if they have any questions… anything they need we can always help them out with.”

Shanahan is a senior majoring in Health Science and Psychology. This is her third year on the team. Venturino is a junior majoring in Journalism and Broadcasting. This is her third year on the team as well.

With last year’s season falling Zflat at 1-10, the Golden Eagles hope to improve on this season with the few games they have left.

While the team isn’t doing better or worse than last season, they are missing something: a powerhouse.

The 2016 team brought with it Sarah Mensah of Berlin, Germany. Only losing four of 36 sets played, Mensah provided a valuable component that the team is lacking this year. While players like Shanahan and Venturino are playing difficult matches, it’s undoubtedly hard to lose a MVP such as Mensah. 

The team’s next game will be Thursday, Sept. 21. The Golden Eagles will be taking on the William Smith College Herons.

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