While students left for spring break, several Mercer sports teams continued to play, including beach volleyball, men's and women's tennis, and softball.
The Bears traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, Mar. 5 and Sunday, Mar. 6 to play the University of Nebraska, Coastal Carolina University, University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University. The team went 1-3 for the weekend, bringing their record to 2-13.
They started off with a 2-3 loss against the University of Nebraska on Saturday. Boeve/Polychrones defeated their opponents 21-18, 21-15 in the first slot. Morris/Corbett picked up a 23-21, 21-19 win over the Huskers in the fifth slot. They also played Coastal Carolina on the same day and went 0-5, not being able to pick up a win.
They played North Florida on Sunday, going 0-6, but redeemed themselves with a 4-1 win over Jacksonville University. Boeve/Polychrones won 21-17, 21-16 and Benson/O’Mara won 21-18, 21-12. No. 3, Robertson/Miller were the only loss with a score of 21-13, 21-12. Hood/Paddock won 21-17, 21-11 and Corbett/Morris won in three sets: 16-21, 25-23, 15-12.
Mar. 9, the Bears traveled to Atlanta and won 3-2 over Tusculum University, lost 1-4 to Coastal Carolina, and lost 0-5 to Georgia State University.
In the game against Tusculum, Boeve/Polychrones won 21-13,15-21, 15-12; O’Mara/Benson won 21-16, 21-15; Paddock/Hood won 21-19, 21-14. Robertson/Corbett lost 17-21, 6-21; Sanfrey/Earwood lost 21-16, 21-12.
Robertson/Corbett picked up the only win over Coastal Carolina, winning 21-19, 15-21, 17-15; no one was able to pick up a match over Georgia State.
Mar. 11 and Mar. 12, the Bears were in Columbia, S.C. and went 0-4. They played the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana State University, Pepperdine University, and the University of South Carolina.
The Bears only picked up one win over ULM: Paddock/Hood won 21-19, 21-17. Paddock/Hood also had the only win over Pepperdine: 18-21, 21-13, 15-7. Mercer went 0-5 against both LSU and USC.
Over the break, the softball team went 3-5 in their games, bringing their record to 6-17.
Mar. 6 and Mar. 7, the softball team played in Charleston, S.C. and faced Charleston Southern University, going 0-3. On Saturday, they lost the first game 2-3 and the second 7-9. On Sunday, they lost 0-2.
Mar. 9, the Bears traveled the Clemson, S.C. to play Clemson University, losing 0-3.
From Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, the team hosted the Mercer Bears Classic, here in Macon. They played Iona College once on Friday, winning 9-1 and once on Saturday, winning 7-4. The Bears took on Stetson University on Saturday, winning 6-4 and Sunday, losing 6-8.
The Bears were supposed to have a game against Georgia Southern University on Tuesday, Mar. 15, but the contest was postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 26.
The men’s tennis team went 0-3 from Feb. 28 to Mar. 15.
They played the University of Georgia Feb. 28 and lost 1-6. Barrow was the only one to pick up a win, going 6-3, 6-4 in the sixth singles slot.
The Bears played Presbyterian College on Mar. 6 and lost 0-6.
They played Wofford College at home on Mar. 13 and lost 3-4. Wayenburg won 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles slot. Georgadze won 6-4, 6-2 in the second singles slot and Barrow won 7-6, 6-1 in the fifth singles slot.
Matches against Georgia Southern University and Jacksonville State University were both postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the season.
The women’s tennis team played Charleston Southern University on Mar. 9 and lost 0-7. The team’s match against Lipscomb State University and Jacksonville State University were both canceled and will be rescheduled for later in the season.