College tennis is an interesting sport in that Endicott qualified for the NCAA’s by winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference in October, then played three April matches before going into the national tournament.
The Gulls played like a finely tuned, well practiced machine in their Division 3 NCAA opener yesterday, topping Farmingdale State 5-2. With the win, Endicott (15-3) advances to the second round for the second straight season; they face host Amherst this morning at 9 a.m.
Endicott swept the three doubles matches to start things on top, with wins by Jamie Zompa and Skyelar MacLeod (8-2), Amy Heacox and Mackenzie Rhodes (8-6) and Suzie Newman and Brittany Potter (9-8, 7-2 on tiebreak).
Rhodes, a freshman, won at No. 3 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, to put Endicott within a point of a win. Farmingdale, which finished 15-3 and was making its first NCAA appearance, won the next two matches. Zompa then took No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-4 to give the Gulls the five points they needed to advance.