Pioneers tennis teams endure bumps and growth in stop at Mobile

Pioneers tennis teams endure bumps and growth in stop at Mobile

The Transylvania men's and women's tennis teams continued their spring break trek down south as they visited NAIA University of Mobile for an afternoon match. It was a productive day for both sides, but the Pioneers endured 9-0 sweeps on the scoreboard at the hands of the Rams.

The duo of Transylvania's Lilian Williams and Mary Grace Amato faced off against Carolina Barabas and Lena Schwerdtfeger in No. 1 doubles play. The Pioneer contingent was heavily tested in their 8-0 defeat to the No. 1 Mobile squad.

The Pioneers became the seventh team this season to endure a 9-0 sweep against the vaunted Mobile women's program, who improved to 9-1 after the meeting with the Pioneers. While the scores implied a humbling day, Transylvania head coach Chuck Brown valued the tough challenge that his Pioneers had to endure and the long-term ramifications of taking on one of the best programs in the NAIA during nonconference preparation time.

"As the weeks go on, we are playing better," said Brown. "We're starting to play more together as a team, and the lineup is forming to how I want it now. I'm seeing more intensity and focus so I'm encouraged as we prepare for the start of HCAC play."

In men's action the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches offered competitive showdowns as the duo of Robert Albrecht and Zachary Meikle faced Marcio Dal Pont and Cesar Paleari. The Pioneer side took three games from the Rams but eventually fell, 8-3. In the No. 2, a similar result was produced as Dylan Conner and Luke Groene suffered an 8-3 setback to Kristian Mago and Jonah Jakubec.

Albrecht took on Dal Pont once more in singles action, giving him a run for his money, but Dal Pont pulled away in straight sets from the Transy starter, winning 6-2, 6-2. In No. 4 singles action, Joshua Buckman bounced back from a 6-0 first set loss to give Mobile's Tim Buehler a tough battle in the second set, but eventually relented 6-3.

Luke Groene also went back and forth at times with Paleari in the No. 5 singles matchup, but Paleari emerged victorious 6-2, 6-2.

The Pioneers will prepare to wrap up their spring break trip as they head back north before the beginning of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season. The Pioneers have been chosen to finish in third according to the preseason coaches' poll and will test their mettle first against the Franklin Quakers on Saturday, April 2.