Messiah Squad Outmatched By Talented Bluejays, 9-0
Grantham, PA — The struggles continued for Messiah Monday afternoon, as the squad dropped its second Commonwealth Conference match of the season at Elizabethtown College. After continually adjusting the schedule for rain delays, the Falcons dropped a 9-0 decision to the visiting Blue Jays (11-5, 6-0).
Doubles play was a challenging start for the Falcons. Second and third doubles both fell 8-3, unable to give the Blue Jays an extra fight. First doubles of junior Andrew Wismer and sophomore Justin Meckley continued to battle in close matches, but once again lost 8-5.
“We can play with anyone,” Meckley said following the doubles match. “We just need to do a little bit more to get that win.”
Singles continued the long day for Messiah (4-9, 2-2) as the team lost each of the six matches. Each match was lost in straight sets. Wismer could not handle the variety of Manrique Arrea of Costa Rica at the top position and lost 6-2, 6-1. Meckley was defeated by Josh Riehl, 6-4, 6-1 at the second flight.
At the third flight, freshman Dave Wichert fell by a pair of 6-1 sets to Eric Fritzges. At the fourth flight, freshman Chris Brittingham was defeated by Paul Whitman, 7-5, 6-1. At the fifth flight, junior Luke Sisson also lost 6-1, 7-5 to Billy Freitag. Finally, sophomore Freddie Behnke was outplayed by Dylan Haefner 6-0, 6-1.
“This was a tough loss to a very talented team. They deserved the win today, but we need to come out ready to play with all we have,” Wismer said. “I think we learned a lot from this match today, and hopefully it will help us as we continue our Conference matches.”
“We didn’t come out to win today,” Head coach Sheila Bush said. “We need to work on our confidence and our focus.”
Even with the tough loss, the Falcons are still in the running for the Commonwealth Conference Tournament. If they can manage to win at least one more conference match, they will move continue into the postseason.
Messiah will take on visiting Lycoming College Thursday. Match time is set for 3:30pm.