Men: Norfolk State University 7, Rider University 0
Women: Norfolk State University 6, Rider University 0
LAWRENCEVILLE--Both the Rider University men's and women's tennis teams lost a non-conference match to Norfolk State University on Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville.
"Norfolk State is a really tough team," said head coach Ed Torres.
For the Rider men, junior Drew Laverty (Mount Royal/Kingsway Regional) and freshman Stephen Brand (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) each won six games, Laverty at third singles and Brand at fourth singles before both were swept in their matches.
Laverty and Brand did team up for an 8-5 win at second doubles, a match that saw them trailing 5-3 before winning five straight games in the eight-game pro set.
"Drew and Stephen did a good job of serving and volleying in their doubles match," Torres said. "To be successful in doubles, you've got to take the net right away. They are getting better and better as doubles partners. And in singles play, Drew and Ryan (Carpenter), they didn't try to do too much and worked on keeping the ball in play."
Ryan Carpenter, a junior from Sahuarita, Ariz. (Sahuarita High School), lost in straight sets at sixth singles 6-1, 6-4.
For the Rider women, junior Alexa Manforti (Toms River/Toms River HS South) won five games at fourth singles before losing in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.
"Alexa played well and so did Tricia (Ashmore)," said Torres. "Tricia is playing through an injured ankle and that seems to be improving with each match. They both played well against experienced players and did a good job contesting their points."
Tricia Ashmore, a senior from Sparta, New Jersey (Sparta High School), lost in straight sets at third singles 6-1, 6-1.
The Bronc men host La Salle April 3.
The Rider women travel to Lafayette April 4.
"We are seeing the growth of the team," Torres added. "You can't measure the progress from week to week, it is a long progression that you really see over the course of a year."