BY CAITLIN LYNCH '20
Mount Holyoke Tennis traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break to face the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon. The Lyons posted a 7-2 victory in Mayaguez on Wednesday and an 8-1 win in Bayamon on Thursday, moving them to 10-5 on the season.
To start off the match on Wednesday, Mount Holyoke swept doubles to give the Lyons a 3-0 lead. Ayame Yazawa ’19 and Ching-Ching Huang ’20 posted an 8-5 vic- tory, Catherine Peabody ’20 and captain Alexa Colas ’17 won 8-4 and Clara Wang ’19 and captain Amy Chen ’17 rounded out the action with an 8-6 win.
In singles competition, Mount Holyoke saw victories from Yazawa (4-6, 6-4, 11- 9), Huang (6-2, 6-2), Peabody (6-0, 3-6, 10-7) and Chen (7-5, 6-4), winning four out of six games for the Lyons.
On Thursday, the same three pairs of doubles executed a 3-0 sweep for Mount Holyoke. Huang and Yazawa posted an 8-2 victory, Colas and Peabody also won 8-2 and Chen and Wang brought home an 8-4 win.
Four Mount Holyoke athletes ran away with 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles competition: Chen, Peabody, Ishita Tibrewal ’18 and Katie Schumacher ’18. Also propelling MHC to victory was Joy Maran ’19, who executed a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
In addition to seeing two victories, the tennis team found value in traveling as a team to an unfamiliar environment. “I think that the trip really allowed us to grow as a team by bonding through our tennis and activities,” said Schumacher. Chen added, “Not only did we practice tennis every day and play two matches, we made sure to take time off to go to the beach and visit a lot of great local places.”
Tennis returns to action on Saturday, April 1, taking on Connecticut College and Colby-Sawyer College.