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Tennis faces playoff elimination despite improved results

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 09:00 pm
Senior Elizabeth Bean sets up to return a serve against Oswego on Friday, Sept. 27. Bean was honored the next day as it was her last home match as a Golden Eagle.
Senior Elizabeth Bean sets up to return a serve against Oswego on Friday, Sept. 27. Bean was honored the next day as it was her last home match as a Golden Eagle.

When the 2018 season came to a close, much of what was expected of The College at Brockport tennis team for the 2019 campaign surrounded results. In its previous season, Brockport finished with just two wins from 11 games played and walked away without a single victory from its SUNYAC contests. While the team has not found a complete stride in this season’s conference play, it currently holds a 1—3 record, Brockport’s progress from past campaigns is evident. 

Currently at the halfway point of the SUNYAC schedule, Brockport has endured a rough patch of form against conference opposition as it failed to make a statement against SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Geneseo earlier in the season. Despite losing out on important playoff points from SUNYAC competitors, the team continues to hold a positive overall record. 

With five wins and four defeats from the total amount of games played this season, Brockport has already topped its previous four season records, which hint to a program turnaround the team has aimed for. 

During this past weekend, Brockport entered its second SUNYAC weekend of the season, coming up against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland on homeground. For the first match of two, the team faced Oswego on Friday, Sept. 27 to secure its first conference victory in over a year. 

Brockport’s beginning conference fortunes did not follow the team on its performance against Oswego, as it swept the opposition in the game’s doubles matches. Brockport went on to win by at least five points in each one of its doubles matchups and take the advantage over Oswego. For the singles competition, Brockport kept its foot on the gas as it blew passed the opponent in all iterations of the singles. 

Freshman Caroline Stewart, sophomore Heather Phillips and an additional four teammates joined in the scoring to cruise to an unanswered 9-0 victory over Oswego. 

While Brockport faces an uphill battle in the race for a spot in this year’s SUNYAC tournament, positive results only ease the process. 

“Every match is important for us,” senior Emily Gross said. “We can only afford one more loss before our chances at playoffs are gone, so we only aim for wins.” 

Dancing on a tight string with little room for mistakes, Brockport suffered its third conference loss of the campaign following its first victory when the team fell to Cortland. On the team’s senior day and last home game of the season, Brockport carried the momentum it gained against Oswego to win two of the three double matchups and claimed an early advantage over Cortland. 

Despite its bright start to the contest, Brockport fell flat during the singles competition as senior Elizabeth Bean grabbed the only point for her team. Cortland’s take over in the singles earned it a final victory of 6-3, which it carried to the end of the match.

As it currently stands, Brockport sits on the lower half of the SUNYAC standings and will be tasked with coming away with three wins from its remaining three games in order to have a chance at entering the tournament conversation. Two of the three contests standing in the way of Brockport and a playoff spot are against the top of the conference ladder in SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Oneonta. New Paltz is undefeated and Oneonta has lost once in SUNYAC play this season. 

Despite facing a narrow window of claiming a tournament seed, Brockport will look to push toward all three points from its upcoming opposition. 

“We are motivated and have nothing to lose,” junior Phoebe Morse said. “Every game from here on out is up to us.” 

Brockport’s first test is set to be against SUNY Plattsburgh on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles will take on Oneonta on Saturday and New Paltz on Sunday. All matches will be played in Binghamton, N.Y.

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