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    Tennis Beats Hofstra and St. Peters

    Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams had great performances this past weekend against Hofstra and Saint Peters at home. On Saturday at 9:00 AM, Stony Brook (SB) began the day against their Long Island rival Hofstra. The Men’s team beat Hofstra by a score of 6-1 in singles competition, while the Women’s team won 5-1. SB later faced off against St. Peters, where the Women’s team won 6-0, but the Men’s team didn’t finish their match due to the lack of sunlight.

    Men and Women’s head coach Gary Glassman is very pleased with both team’s recent victories. ‘We always know that Hofstra will be a tough match, and both the men and women were ready and excited to play them. Fortunately, we did achieve the desired result.’

    Leading the way for the Women’s team was Sandy Wijeratne. Wijeratne started the day playing againstHofstra’s Stacey Kent, and she dominated Hofstra’s freshman player, winning the minimum 12 games in sweeping fashion, going 6-0, 6-0. Against Saint Peter’s, she swept her opponent, Krysten Chen (freshman), winning 6-0, 6-0. Pleased with her performance, coach Glassman has this to say about his star, ‘Sandy is a senior co-captain and has been doing a great job on and off the court. She sets a good example every day of how you should conduct yourself and she has a great work ethic.’

    On the Men’s side, Sophomore Ilan Shvartz performed well, winning his singles match against Hofstra’s Tytus Stempniewicz, beating the junior 6-4, 6-0. Glassman stated ‘Ilan has also done a very good job this year and he has shown a lot of improvement in his doubles.’

    Overall, this was a great weekend for Stony Brook tennis. The season is still young, and there is still a long way to go. Coach Glassman had this to say about the team, ‘Our expectations coming into this season, and every season, are to work hard and try to improve every day. Both teams have been doing a very good job at practice and they are learning to compete better at each event.’

    The next match for the Women’s team will be played later in the month at the Big Green Invitational, in Hanover, NH. The Men’s next event will still start on Oct. 18 in Princeton, NJ.

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