Juniors Alexander Dove and Alexander Cocolas teamed up to post the first winning set of the season for the Susquehanna University Men's Tennis team but the River Hawks dropped an 8-1 decision to Shenendoah University late Saturday in the first match of the season in Virginia.
Dove and Cocolas won a 9-8 decision with a 7-3 tie-breaker at No. 1 Doubles to get things started for Susquehanna (0-1). Shenandoah (1-0) won the other two doubles matches including a tight 9-8 decision with another 7-3 tie-breaker at the No. 2 position as Ryan Seibert and Ben Ornstein dropped the close decision.
Shenandoah swept the singles competition including the deciding match at No. 1 singles. The 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 was the fifth victory of the night for Shenendoah and clinched the overall win.
Seibert, at No. 4 singles and Nicholas Meale, at No. 5 singles, both lost in close tie-breaker matches. Seibert's match was the tightest singles match of the night. After falling 7-5 in the first set, Seibert bounced back to win 7-6 with an 8-6 tie-breaker to force the third set. In the third, Seibert fell by close 7-5 score.
The River Hawks are now off until March 31 with a home match against Goucher.