Men: Niagara University 6, Rider University 0
Women: Niagara University 5, Rider University 1
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE—The gift was actually being able to dodge the weather and play a match outdoors.
Unfortunately for the Rider University men’s and women’s tennis teams, they were unable to give head coach Ed Torres the ultimate present, a MAAC win over Niagara.
In the first match of the 2014 spring season, and played on the birthday of head coach Ed Torres, both the Rider University men’s and women’s tennis teams lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match to Niagara University on Friday afternoon.
The Purples Eagles won the men’s match 6-0 and were victorious in the women’s match 5-1 with Rider receiving a forfeit in the sixth singles match due to injury. The doubles competition was not contested due to darkness.
For the Rider women, junior Alison Noll (Monmouth Junction/South Brunswick) pushed the first set to a tie-breaker before losing 7-6 (5), 6-4.
“Alison had a chance of winning,” said Torres. “She lost a tight match against a very good player.”
For the Bronc men, freshman Matthew Begley (Pennington/Hopewell Valley Central) won six games at fifth singles before losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
“The Rider player who played the best on the men’s side was Matt (Begley),” Torres said. “He kept the ball alive and played a steady match.”
Both the Rider men and women host Marist College in a MAAC match on March 27 at 2:00 p.m.
“Niagara just came back from spring break where they played six matches down south in Orlando,” Torres said. “The difference of being able to play outside was obvious. All in all, we have to start some place and I was just happy that we were able to be outside, on the tennis court and playing. For me, that’s how I wanted to spend my birthday and I got my wish.”