By ROB BRANDELL
The Saint Lawrence Men’s Tennis Team started their spring season off on Saturday with a positive note as they posted an 8-1 win over SUNY Oneonta. Rhonny Rosario and Tom Luchars headlined the win as they dominated in their singles and doubles responsibilities. Rosario, won in straight sets at the No. 1 singles spot as well as securing a win at doubles, and Luchars won in straight sets at the No. 4 singles spot and also at doubles. Senior Alan Shortz fought for a win after losing the first set 6-1 to Zach Lasky, and came back to win the second and third sets at 6-3 and 10-7. Sophomore transfer Dean Sponholz won 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles spot over Mackenzie Park for his first career win for the Saints. Junior Robert Schmitz and sophomore Marco Amendola also contributed singles wins to finalize the victory for the Saints.
Sunday afternoon saw the Saints battle St. Michaels for the second matchup of an exciting weekend. Senior John Megas won at the No. 3 singles spot and Marco Amendola continued his success from Saturday and added another singles win at No.6. Dean Sponholz won in straight sets at No. 2 despite a late scare as the second set went to a tiebreaker against Charlie Merry. Rhonny Rosario won at No.1 for the second consecutive day in strait sets, only losing three games against Saint Michael’s Billy Wood with set scores at 6-2, 6-1. Robert Schmitz won at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1) and Tom Luchars beat Patrick Dietz at No. 5. (6-1, 6-2) The doubles teams started the match off in the right direction, posting three straight wins. The pairs of Schmitz and Elliot Solandt, John Megas and Sponholz, and Luchars and Paul Barrett recorded the first three wins of the day. The Saints completed a perfect 9-0 sweep of the Purple Knights, and completed the entire weekend with only one loss. The Saints won 17 out of 18 possible matches, with all of the singles wins against Saint Michael’s coming in straight sets.
The Saints will look to maintain high performance levels heading into next weekend to play the Ithaca Bombers on Saturday at 1 P.M.