The St. Catharine men’s tennis team kept busy over the weekend taking on McKendree University on the road and hosting the Bellarmine University Knights.
After wading through the rain and having their match time changed several times, the St. Catharine Patriots finally had the opportunity to face the Bearcats of McKendree. Despite the long wait the Patriots were able to nab victories in number one and two doubles as well as number two singles. In number one doubles the duo of Rowtons, Ethan and Alec, took the victory 9-7. Following the brotherly victory, Andre Jacomini and Felipe Barrientoes too to the court dominating number two doubles 8-3. Ethan Rowton collected his second victory of the day in during number two singles (6-3, 6-4), but it wasn’t enough as the Bearcats prevailed 6-3.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Patriots hopped right back on the court to face the NCAA Division 2 Knights of Bellarmine University. In front of an overwhelming crowd of students, the Patriots downed the Knights 5-3. Kicking things off, the Rowton duo picked up where they left off, winning number one doubles 8-6, followed by a number two doubles victory from Barrientoes and Jacomini (8-4). After a heated battle Tyler Glover and Marshall Berry were unable to overcome the Knights firepower, dropping their match in number three doubles 8-0. “We have two of the strongest doubles teams in the area” said Head Coach Jim Coomer. “They are really working hard together as a team and continue to see results on the court.” In singles Andre Jaccomini defeated Zachary Kvo 4-6, 6-4, and 3-2. Ethan Rowton downed Walworth 6-1 and 6-2 to gain the victory in number two doubles, followed by yet another Rowton victory by Alex over Ferandez 6-2 and 7-5. With Felipe Barreintoes tied in number four singles (4-6, 6-4) the match was unfinished due to darkness. “We had a few luck breaks, but the team played really well and defeated a strong Division 2 program” said Coomer. “This is an important step in building this program; after several close losses to tough teams we proved that we could play with the big guys.”
With the victory, the Patriots close out their fall season, but will look forward to a strong spring season beginning in March.