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LHS starts 3-0

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s tennis team opened its season by winning three straight matches last week, defeating Whitehall, 6-1, Nazareth, 6-1, and Emmaus, 4-2.

In singles play against the Zephyrs on Mar. 9, Louis Gruber won his match, 6-2, 6-1, as did David Lynn, 6-0, 6-0, and Shayaan Farhad, 6-0, 6-0.

All of Liberty’s doubles pairs won their matches 6-0, 6-0: Sid Tekumalla and Gavin Evans-Gartley, Matt Bilger and Tyler Markovich, and Will Lotto and Jiaming Wang.

“I was pretty confident in my serve today,” said Lynn. “I think maybe he wasn’t used to my spin because I’m a lefty, so especially if I hit that slice, a lot of players aren’t used to that.”

After the Whitehall match, the Hurricanes were already looking forward to facing Nazareth two days later.

“Nazareth should be a bigger challenge, just because of their depth,” said Gruber. “Their first two singles players are good, Gabe (Knowles) and Andrew (Nicolae). David and I have played them a lot, and they’re very high-level quality players, so they’ll be tough. Their doubles should be deep as always.”

Gruber lost his match to Knowles, 0-6, 2-6, but Lynn won, 6-0, 6-1, and Farhad won, 6-1, 6-1.

Farhad has been playing at three singles in place of Anthony Ronca for the first two matches of the season.

“I like going up to the net,” Farhad said. “I try to practice every day. Even when it’s raining out, I go in my basement and do footwork drills. I want to pursue tennis and I just love the sport.”

In doubles play against the Blue Eagles, Evans-Gartley and Tekumalla won, 6-3, 6-1, Bilger and Markovich won, 6-4, 6-1, and Wang and Lotto won, 6-4, 6-2.

Last Friday, the Hurricanes traveled to Emmaus where they won their closest match so far.

Gruber lost 0-6, 1-6, and Lynn won 6-1, 6-3.

Ronca returned to three singles and won in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Farhad moved to two doubles with Tekumalla and won 6-4, 7-5.

Evans-Gartley was paired with Bilger and won 6-1, 6-2.

Markovich and Wang played together at four doubles but lost 5-7, 1-6.