Maryland Sweeps Non-Conference Doubleheader
Feb. 28, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's tennis team won both matches of its doubleheader Sunday, completing a perfect weekend in the process.
The Terps (9-2) defeated Richmond 6-1 in the morning before sweeping Morgan State, 7-0, in the second match of the day. The team has now won five matches in a row, and six of its last seven.
Maryland was dominant in both matches on the day. The Terrapins surrendered only two sets in their match against the Spiders (3-6), and easily won every set against the Bears (2-5).
Tommy Laine, playing for the first time at No. 1 singles, won both of his singles matches in straight sets. Laine knocked off Richmond's Sebastien Fauchet 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the first match, and clinched the win for Maryland in the second match with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Morgan State's Devon Charles.
Laine is now 11-0 to start the dual season, and has yet to drop a set in any of his victories.
Ryan Lissner also had a strong performance for the Terps at No. 5 singles. In the first match, Lissner clinched Maryland's victory against Richmond with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Justin Baker. Later, Lissner turned in his most lopsided win of the season so far, a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over the Bears' Duwane Thomas.
Collins and Knowlton each won both of their matches, playing at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
Head coach Kyle Spencer was pleased with the play of his team over the weekend and seeing how they've grown.
"We have gone out and done a better job of executing the things that we've been working on in practice," Spencer said. "They're coming out here with a passion, and I'm excited for them."
The Terps will return to action on Thursday when they visit Navy at 2 p.m. in Annapolis, Md. The match was previously scheduled for February 5, but was postponed due to snow.