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Men's tennis opens spring season with two big victories

EWING, N.J. -- Carl Reid saved four match points in the second set and went on to a victory at first singles to help Colby College to a key 6-3 win over #39 The College of New Jersey in the men's tennis spring opener Saturday.

The Mules (4-0 overall) entered the day ranked 14th in the Northeast Region, with College of New Jersey one ahead at 13th. Colby also took a 7-2 victory over Goucher College.

"This was an excellent way to start our season with two wins in a long day," Colby head coach Jason Cohen said. "We've been working on being mentally tougher and I felt that we showed that against TCNJ, winning a lot of close sets needed to win the match."

Reid was down 5-4 in the second set when he saved the match points at first singles. He went on to 7-6 and 6-3 wins to earn the match. He also teamed with Vlad Murad for a victory at first doubles.

Murad won at the second singles spot while giving up just three games. Scott Altmeyer, and Shaw Speer (pictured) also had singles victories in tight matches. Altmeyer and Zale Shah had Colby's other point against TCNJ at third doubles.

Reid also dropped the first set in the match against Goucher and came back for 6-0 and 6-2 set wins at first singles. Murad, Shah, and Jeremy Mendoza also had singles wins. 

Speer and Hillier won 8-7 (2) at second doubles, while Reid and Murad won 8-2 at the first spot. Luis Gonzalez and Mendoza took the victory at third doubles.

Colby plays a noon match at New York University on Sunday.

"While it is a great start, we still have to recover and refocus for a tough NYU team who is playing well right now," Cohen said. 

Colby 6, #39 College of New Jersey 3


1: Carl Reid/Vlad Murad, C, d. Jack August/Chris D'Agostino, 8-7(5)

2: Matt Puig/Mitchel Sanders, CNJ, d. Shaw Speer/Cam Hillier, 8-4

3: Zale Shah/Scott Altmyer, C, d. Mike Stanley/Gokul Murugesan, 8-5


1: Reid, C, d. Sanders, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

2: Murad, C, d. August, 6-2, 6-1

3: Altmeyer, C, d. Bokhari, 6-3, 7-6

4: Speer, C, d. D'Agostino, 5-7, 7-5, (10-8)

5: Tim Gavornik, CNJ, d. Cam Hillier, 6-4, 6-2

6: Stanley, CNJ, d. Shah, 6-3, 7-5

Colby 7, Goucher 2


1: Carl Reid/Vlad Murad, C, d. Jack Hodges/Midori Fujitani, 8-2

2: Shaw Speer/Cam Hillier, C, d. Elliot Diehl/Michael Herman, 8-7 (2)

3: Luis Gonzalez/Jeremy Mendoza, C, d. Josiah Meekins/Frankie Mullinix, 8-2


1: Reid, C, d. Hodges, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

2: Murad, C, d. Herman, 6-1, 2-0 (retired)

3: Zale Shah, C, d. Mullinix, 6-3, 7-5

4: Mendoza, C, d. Diehl, 6-2, 6-4

5: Slade Dumas, G, d. Gonzalez, 3-6, 6-4, (10-4)

6: Fujitani, G, d. Sam Hoenig, 7-5, 4-6, (10-3)