Doing the Splits

Sameer Bhutani

Staff Writer


Last weekend both men’s and women’s teams were in action. The men’s team took the court Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and St. Mary’s. The women’s team faced off against St. Mary’s and the University of the Pacific.

In the women’s first matchup against St. Mary’s, senior Genevieve McCloskey won the first set of her singles match and was winning the second set 2-0 before play was stopped. In doubles McCloskey was winning 4-3 with her partner, freshman Emily Maxfield, before play was also stopped. Maxfield’s singles match was also halted after leading in the second set after winning her first. USF also had one more singles match stopped and lost the other two singles matches. In both of the other doubles games, San Francisco unfortunately lost 6-2 and 6-1. The Dons walked away from an abysmal 0-4 day.

The second set of matches for the women’s team was much more favorable. Sunday had another West coast Conference rival come into town, the University of the Pacific Tigers. McCloskey and Maxfield this time were able to finish their games and each walked away with singles victories. In doubles play, McCloskey and Maxfield paired up again and were once again stopped short of finishing, this time while down 3-4. Sophomore Hanna Borjeson had a tough hard fought win. After Borjeson dropped the first set she won to tie break sets in a row 7-6 (7-4) and 7-6 (7-3), to claim a 2-1 victory. Sophomore Margarita Treyes took her matchup in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1. Even though the Dons lost their last two doubles matches, USF was able to secure a 4-3 victory. The win against Pacific was San Francisco’s first victory in league play.

The men’s team struggled against a strong Cal Poly team, ranked No.42 in the nation at the time of play. San Francisco couldn’t claim a victory in any of their singles matches. Sophomore Johan Joenhagen and senior Oliver Poysti had their respective matches stopped but both were 1-1 and down in their respective third sets. USF fared better in doubles play. USF’s duo’s consisting of Joenhagen and sophomore Jerod Mah and Poysti and freshman Paul Giroud won their doubles matches. Joenhagen/Mah won theirs 6-4 and Poysti/Paul won theirs 6-3. It was a rough outing for the Dons having to swallow an exhausting 1-4 loss.

Their second match of the weekend came against St. Mary’s. This time around the Dons were able to come away with a 4-2 victory. Though USF’s No.1, freshman Mert Zincirli, lost, his teammates picked him up winning four of the other five singles matches and leading in the sixth before play had to be stopped. Joenhagen won the No.2 match 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Ryan Marker lost his first set but rallied back to take the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-2 respectively. Senior Woravin Kumthonkittikul was winning the third set 4-2 before stoppage. San Francisco was only able to get one out of three doubles wins via Mah and Joenhagen, 6-4.

Now with a 4-12, 1-3 WCC record, the women’s team will head to Los Angelese to take on Loyola Marymount University on Friday, April 3. The men’s team stands with a 7-12, 2-3 WCC record and will also be playing against Loyola Marymount University on Friday, April 3 but here in San Francisco at the Olympic Club.

Photo from Dons Athletics/ Flickr


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