Both the Wright State Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams began playing recently for the 2018-19 season. Both teams kicked off their season the weekend of Sept. 22, with the men playing in the University of Dayton Invite and the women competing at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Va.
The men’s team saw some early success on the first day of the Dayton Invite, notching a total of six victories. Sophomore Param Pun defeated Langford Hills of Dayton in a tight match, 6-4, 6-7, 11-9. Lorenzo Maccarini and Leighton Brandon also had close three set singles victories for the Raiders. The team had three wins at doubles: two against conference-opponent Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and one against Xavier.
On the second day of the invitational, the Raiders faced Xavier and Northern Kentucky in singles, with Pun winning the lone singles match against Xavier. The team’s play improved against NKU, winning five of the seven singles match-ups. Pun, Marcelli and Brandon were among those who won, along with Carlos Estrada Sanchez and Theo Bourghelle.
The women’s team started the season off slow at the Liberty Invitational. On the first day of play, the Raiders faced Liberty and James Madison. Junior Anna Jones contributed to the only two wins of the day, winning one of her singles matches 6-0 6-2, and she had a doubles victory with partner Jillian Milano, 6-2.
In day two of the tournament, doubles were the only courts the Raiders were able to win, beating Marshall and Longwood. Jones and Milano again teamed up to defeat Longwood in a close 7-5 match. Two other doubles wins came from the pairs of Madison Riley and Haily Morgan, as well as Luisa Pelayo and Grace Whitney.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will continue play throughout the fall and winter to prepare for upcoming Horizon League conference play.