Men’s Tennis Goes 1-1 on the Weekend


Seniors Makatsaria (above) and Green led the way with victories in a weekend of mixed results for Men’s Tennis. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

The Fordham men’s tennis team competed Saturday in their first conference match against La Salle University before playing Temple University on Sunday. 

On Saturday, Fordham looked sharp and bright as they dominated La Salle, who never looked to challenge the Rams, in their first conference match. Fordham started off by winning the second and third double match, with seniors Max Green and Alex Makatsaria winning 6-4 and juniors Tom Russwurm and Jofre Segarra winning 6-1 at third doubles. This was enough to get the doubles point before the first doubles were able to win. 

In the singles, Fordham was able to win every match except the first. Senior Fabian Mauritzson lost 6-2, 6-3 in a hard tough match. At two singles Green looked very comfortable, winning 6-1, 6-3, and fourth singles Makatsaria won 6-1, 7-5. Senior Lutwin deMacar, after dropping the first set rather easily managed to go up quickly 3-0 in the second. They managed  to win 12 games in a row 6-0, 6-0. At sixth doubles, La Salle unfortunately, after two games, became injured and was unable to continue playing. This meant it was 5-1, with freshman Nicholas Kanazirev the last one to finish an absolute grind in the third set tiebreak.

On Sunday, Fordham traveled to Temple, where it would be fair to say it wasn’t their day. Despite Fordham winning third doubles 6-4, a couple of missed volleys and unforced shots meant that Temple won first and second doubles. Temple won five of the six singles matches, with the exception of Makatsaria winning at three singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. This made the final score 6-1 and a disappointing day for the Rams.

Both results considered, Fordham now sits at 4-2 on the season and is back in action next weekend playing St. John’s University and Concordia College, as it looks to continue to improve before the Atlantic 10.