HAWK TENNIS OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY
March 13, 2012
WASHINGTON D.C./Baltimore, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's tennis team was swept in a pair of contests this weekend by Howard and Morgan St. The contests were the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches for UMES this season.
UMES (0-3) traveled to Washington, D.C., to square off with Howard on Saturday, March 10 and fell, 7-0. The Hawks were swept in three of the singles matches, but saw solid efforts from its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. Junior Malcolm Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) lost 6-1, 6-0 to Devard Wharton in No. 1 singles, while freshman Livin Costica fell 8-2 to Spencer Mitchell at No. 2.
The Hawks fell 8-1 in first doubles, before they dropped an 8-0 decision in second doubles. The contest against the Bison proved to be the first collegiate match of freshman George Justice's career.
The men would stay on the other side of the bridge for their second contest on Sunday, where UMES dropped a 7-0 decision to Morgan St. Costica was the top performer for UMES in the match as he fell 6-2, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. The rest of the Hawks' team was swept by 6-0 decisions.
Johnson and Costica lost 8-1 in No. 1 doubles, while freshman Christopher Charles and Justice fell 8-0 in second doubles.
The men will return to action today, March 13, at 1 p.m., with a match against MEAC foe, Coppin State University.