By Kathryn Swenor
This fall season, the Drew University men’s tennis team accomplished something that has not been done since 2000. They went 3-0 in their first matches of the fall season. These three matches during the fall also featured play by all the freshman, including Bryce Weizer (’20), a psychology major hailing from Orwigsburg, PA.
Weizer explained that the reason he decided to attend Drew is because of the, “atmosphere of great learning and a steady balance of activities for me to get involved with outside of the classroom. I also really like the campus lay out because it reminds me of being at sleepaway camp, but just with school work.”
In the fall, Weizer won two out of the three of his matches in both singles and doubles. He won against Rutgers-Newark 6-2, 6-0 and against Marywood 6-1, 6-1. As for his doubles play, he won against the same teams, paired with either Chris Morville (’19) or Parker Diamond (’20).
Over the weekend, the men’s tennis team opened their spring season by hosting the annual Ranger Invitational. The team hosted Wilkes University, Roger Williams University and Dickinson College, gathering six doubles wins and 14 singles wins over the course of two days. Weizer played a vital role over the weekend, winning both singles and doubles against Dickinson. Reflecting on the weekend play, “This tournament really brought out our strengths and weaknesses of our team, we can definitely improve on our weaknesses and then take the season by storm.” His doubles match with Vineet Vemulapally (’19) was a highlight of the weekend filled with high energy and excellent teamwork.
When discussing the struggles of being a student athlete Weizer commented, “the biggest challenge for me personally is staying on top of your schedule. When you’re a student athlete there are times where you need to be at a certain location on campus and showing up late is not an option.”
As for the future, Weizer shared his thoughts on his own goals along with the team’s goals. “I hope to accomplish, as an individual, being able to advance my game to the next level while also being able to analyze situations on the court and know what exactly to do to win the point. As a team I hope that we can win in the Landmark Conference this year and get just more people to come up to matches.”