Tennis Squads Host Division I Wagner for Spring Home-Openers at Lincoln Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The New Jersey City University men’s and women’s tennis teams opened up home play for their 2022 Spring campaigns this afternoon, Wednesday, March 23. It was a chilly afternoon at the Lincoln Park Tennis Courts just blocks from the heart of campus as the Gothic Knights took on the Division I Seahawks of Wagner College. The women took it to Wagner, but ultimately fell 7-2, while the men snagged an individual singles win in their 8-1 defeat. Both Green and Gold squads remain undefeated in Division III competition to this point in the season.

Women: Wagner 7, NJCU 1
The Seahawks (4-6) go things started in doubles play by taking # 2, but the sibling duo of junior Giada Zorzan (Milan, Italy / Liceo dello Sport Marco Pantani) and freshman Sara Zorzan (Milan, Italy / Falcone Borsellino High School) teamed up for a strong match at # 1 doubles for NJCU (1-4). The sisters gave their opponents all they could handle before falling 8-4. Finally, the pair of graduate student captain Brittany Waugh (Stevenson Ranch, Calif./West Ranch) and junior Eliza Clamor (Auckland, New Zealand / Rangitoto College) continued their hot streak by taking down their foes from Staten Island. Trailing by three games at 2-5, the duo came all the way back to tie it up at 7-7 and force a tiebreak before winning that one as well, 7-5, and taking the match 8-7.

Trailing 2-1, singles play began. Wagner reeled off four straight wins to clinch the match victory, but the Gothic Knights continued to fight. The penultimate match of the day to come to an end was at fifth singles, where the younger Zorzan – Sara – took it to her opponent after initially dropped int he first set 6-3. Sara made quick work of her opponent in the second and third sets, winning them 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Waugh also had a strong match at # 6 singles, the final one to end on the day. She dropped the tightly contested first set 6-4 and then forced it to a 7-5 score in the second and final set, falling.

Men: Wagner 8, NJCU 1
On this end, Jersey City (2-4) fell behind 3-0 in doubles play to Wagner (2-8), but the first doubles match was a tight one. The top pair of senior co-captain Theo Bourghelle (Lesquin, France / LaSalle Lille) and sophomore Nico Teynie (Rouen, France / Lycée Val de Seine) took their opponents all the way to an 8-6 set in the loss. Then, coming into singles play, three matches ended up going three sets. After dropping fifth and fourth singles in straight sets, junior Ryan Weiss (Mullica Hill, NJ / Clearview Regional) notched the first win of the day for NJCU at sixth singles. He picked up a 6-2 win in the first set and then won it in straight sets with a 7-5 win.

The final three matches all went three sets. Sophomore Alejandro Ley (Las Palmas, Spain / IES Politécnico) won his first set at # 3 singles, 6-1, but then dropped the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-2. Then, Teynie had a hotly contested match at first singles. He won set number one, 6-4, before dropping the second, 6-3, to push it to a best-of-10-points tie break. That went 10-7 in favor of the Seahawks as the road team won it. Bourghelle won his first set in a 7-6 (7-3) tie break at second singles, but then dropped the second set, 6-2. He also played a 10-point tiebreak third set, but dropped that 10-3.

Up Next:
The NJCU women return to action first, this Sunday, March 27, when the Gothic Knights travel to the Bronx for just their second Division III match of the season against Yeshiva University beginning at 3:00 pm For the men, Jersey City kicks off New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) play on Monday, March 28, at 3:30 pm against Rutgers-Camden in Camden, NJ

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