Men’s tennis team picks up its first win of the season

By Jay Siskin

The men’s tennis team was able to get its first win of the season against Greenville College with a 6-3 win on March 6 at the West Indianapolis Racquet Club.

The win marks the first of the season for the Grizzlies (1-3). Franklin won four of the six singles courts and three doubles matches.

Ryan Hammer won a challenging matchup 6-4, 7-6 at the top of the singles lineup. Hammer thought the Grizzles did a good job of not panicking after losing three straight matches.

“Our team did a good job of taking it one match at a time,” Hammer said. “Tennis is a sport based off of individual matchups. There was no mention of us being on a losing streak at practice.”

Senior Robby Woehrle kept the momentum going for the Grizzlies. He dropped only five games and won 6-4, 6-1 against Greenville’s Alex Dowley on the number five singles court.

“Greenville is a tough opponent,” Woehrle said. “They have always given us a difficult time in past matches. … It felt great to get the first win of the spring season.”

Woehrle said that the pressure to win after a losing streak is based on not wanting to let the team down.

“There is always pressure when playing a match,” Woehrle said. “But the pressure I face is because I do not want to let my team down.”

Senior Luke Snyder also helped Franklin end its losing streak. Snyder was paired with teammate Ethan Caldwell in an 8-4 victory at number two doubles. Snyder said winning a doubles match compared to winning a singles match could be more difficult based on the match up.

“It totally depends on the match (up) you have in a certain spot when it comes to the difficulty of winning a doubles or singles match,” Snyder said.

Snyder also added that practices were finally paying off.

“It was definitely a good sign that our practices are having a positive influence,” Snyder said. “It was a relief that we won Friday.”

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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