Apr. 11: The St. Lawrence University men's tennis team swept the six singles matches on Saturday against Hobart College en route to an 8-1 victory over the Statesmen in the Newell Field House. The win extended the Saints' winning streak to eight consecutive matches, while seniors Jon Satkowski and Pete Abernethy played in the final home match of their collegiate careers.
The Saints (9-3) took a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the match thanks to wins at No.'s 1 and 2. Satkowski and junior Chris McDonald defeated Hobart's Harry King and Kevin Kent 8-3 at the top spot, while sophomores Ren Gates and Jake Dexter handled Kevin Bates and Walter Green at No. 2, 8-4.
The Statesmen were able to get a point on the board behind a tough 9-8 (5) tiebreaker victory in the No. 3 doubles match. Adam Cohn and Mike Kofman edged juniors Chris Rodilosso and Christopher Tamm to keep Hobart within striking distance at 2-1 heading into singles.
However, St. Lawrence dominated the play in all six singles bouts by winning each in straight sets. Satkowski and Abernethy, as they have so often over the past two seasons, won at No.'s 1 and 2 respectively. Satkowski dropped Kent 6-1, 6-0, while Abernethy beat King 6-1, 6-3.
Sophomore Will Cook was a 6-2, 6-4 winner at No. 3 over Bates while McDonald, Gates and Rodilosso made it a clean sweep in the singles matches. McDonald was too much for Cohn, winning 6-3, 6-1 and Gates doubled up Kofman in each set, 6-3, 6-3. Rodilosso then outmatched Green at the No. 6 slot, 6-1, 6-1.