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.”