Lancers Confident Ahead of CNU Clash

Fall victory has Lancers ready to get their first win of the spring

Longwood’s Men’s Tennis team is travelling down to Christopher Newport this weekend in a fixture that has the Lancers team in a confident mood. Coming off the back of three consecutive losses in their first three match days this spring, the team is using last semesters 4–3 win against the CNU Captains as a boost of confidence going in to the weekends fixture.

Head Coach Pierre Tafelski is optimistic about the Lancers chances this weekend despite their current record (1–3) and thinks that his team has enough quality to secure a win on the road against the Captains. “I expect to win against CNU, we went up there in the fall and we played a couple of their guys and came out pretty strong against them … I’d expect a very tight match because they have a very strong team and very good players,” said Tafelsfki.

The trip to CNU is an important one for the Lancers and it could be an early turning point in their season as they try to get back on track. The Lancers go in to a string of difficult home fixtures after this weekends matches and freshman player, Julian Farthing, highlights the need for confidence throughout the team as they go in to their next few matches. “The team hasn’t had much success in the last few years … but we need more energy, to be more positive, and actually start believing we can win,” Farthing said.

It is clear that confidence is key for the Lancers going in to this weekend and Tafelski expects one of his main men, sophomore Alfonso Castellano, to provide it for them and put on a performance worthy of coming out on top. “He’s been playing well, he was a little sick so hopefully that goes away by tomorrow but he is playing doubles with Julian who has also been playing very well … He’s playing as the 1 or 2 (in singles) and playing as the 1 in doubles, so it’s very important for him to get off to a strong start,” Tafelski said.

The initial battle is important for the Longwood team and playing alongside Castellano as the number one doubles pair, Farthing is quick to echo his coach’s thoughts on the need for a strong start. “We’ve lost quite a few first sets very comfortably so it’s all about being ready and intense from the get go.”

The Captains are the last of the Lancers four opening away matches and with tough home ties against Liberty, Gardner-Webb, James Madison, and Winthrop coming up next on their schedule the team is focused on getting a win this weekend in order to bring back some positives for their home court matches.

The Lancers face CNU on the Captains home court in Newport News, VA on Saturday afternoon at 5pm. The team will be looking to get off to a flying start against CNU in an attempt to turn their season around and get their first win of the spring.