Men: Loyola University Maryland 7, Rider University 0
Women: Loyola University Maryland 6, Rider University 0
LAWRENCEVILLE--In extremely windy conditions (30-40 miles per hour), both the Rider University men's and women's tennis teams were 'blown away' in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match against Loyola Maryland on Monday afternoon in Lawrenceville.
"Loyola was much better in the gusty, high winds," said head coach Ed Torres. "It is safe to say we got 'blown away' in both matches. Loyola played in the same gusts that we did but were better at handling it."
For the Rider men, junior Matt DiMartino (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) won his first set 6-3 at sixth singles before losing in a three-set tiebreaker 10-5.
"Matt took his match to a tie breaker," Torres said. "You've got to get a good start to the tie breaker and Matt was unable to. Matt isn't usually a singles player but was pressed into service due to an injury. You have to give him credit; he played the best match of the day."
For the Rider women, junior Marly Roche (Sussex/High Point Regional), freshman Michelle Caravaglio (Manalapan/Freehold) and junior Alexa Manforti (Toms River/Toms River HS South) each won two games before losing in straight sets.
"We didn't play well on the women's side," said Torres. "We made way too many errors."
The Rider women lost at Loyola 7-0 last season with the Bronc men also losing to the 'Hounds 7-0 during the 2010-11 season.
The match had over 200 fans in attendance as the Rider Department of Athletics sponsored a Bronc-A-Q in conjunction with Code Cranberry festivities with free hamburgers, hot dogs and iced tea.
On designated Code Cranberry dates, all varsity student-athletes are asked to come out to the contest, wearing their Code Cranberry tee shirt, and cheer on their fellow student-athletes in an effort to show that while they compete in different sports, they are all part of one team, and that team is Rider Athletics.
"It was nice to see all of the other athletes and administrators," Torres said. "Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum braved the elements and it was good to receive the support that we did. The team appreciated it. The crowd was very well behaved and it was a fun atmosphere."
Both the Bronc men and women travel to St. Francis (N.Y.) for a non-conference match on Thursday at 3pm.
"We didn't play well under the conditions," Torres added. "We've practiced in that type of wind but we just didn't get too much going against a stronger and more experienced team."