In front of a larger than average crowd on Thursday April 8th, the Catamounts suffered their third straight loss to Stony Brook during their last home game of both the season and program.
The Sea Wolves swept the Cats 7-0 leaving the team with an 8-7 home record and a 9-12 record overall. Due to the recent decision by the Athletic Department to cut the Men’s Tennis Program, in an effort to strengthen other UVM teams, this was the last time the team would be playing at home.
“This is a special group of men who have not and will never allow administrative decisions to influence their desire to represent the University of Vermont,” said Men’s Tennis Coach David Moore. “While our score may appear one-sided, we did in fact push the top team in the conference beyond expectation.”
The Sea Wolves 4-0 in the Eastern Conference and 12-1 on the season, had a voracious outing against the Cats. Of the nine total matches, only three sets were within one. Stony Brook swept all single matches in two.
Michael Crooks and James Carpenter blanked the Catamounts’ Ethan Bernstein and Brendan Matthews 8-0.. Eric Conway and Matthew Spring put up a fight for UVM losing a 9-8 decision to Jean-Francois Robitaille and Tal Meir.
Though the Cats would have liked a win in their final home game, possibly ever, they did not feel it was their only endeavor.
“We leave Patrick Gymnasium satisfied with our efforts,” explained Coach Moore. “Our remaining weeks together will be our finest.”
The Catamounts now go on the road to face Siena on Tuesday, April 13th.