Hawks Sweep Corsairs In Spring Home Opener

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The Roger Williams University men's tennis team spoiled the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 2014 home opener this afternoon, sweeping the Corsairs 9-0 at the UMD Tennis Courts.

The Hawks won their second straight match to improve to 3-2, while the Corsairs slipped to 0-2.

Roger Williams utilized a fast start in the doubles matches to jump out to an early 3-0 advantage. The Hawks top-flight tandem of junior Zack Bussiere (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) and sophomore Eric Laboissonniere (Cumberland, R.I.) defeated senior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Daniel Chouinard (Westport, Mass.), 8-4. Junior Ryan Swanson (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) and sophomore Andrew Amarone (North Haven, Conn.) padded the visitors lead with an 8-2 win over junior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) and freshman Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.). Roger Williams completed the sweep at No. 3 doubles, when junior Kyle Bull (Pleasantville, N.Y.) and sophomore Jonah Schwartz (Orange, Conn./Amity) held junior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) and freshman Wilson Hy (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) scoreless.

The Hawks continued to apply the pressure in the singles competitions, winning each of the six flights in straight sets. Laboissonniere earned a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Bejtlich at top-flight singles, while Chouinard and Lawton forced a first set, tie-breaker at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Roger Williams won the remaining three matches in convincing fashion to earn its second victory in its past three matches.

UMass Dartmouth will open its Little East Conference schedule at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, when the Corsairs host Salem State University.