May 13, 2011
AMHERST, MA-Roger Williams won two of three doubles matches and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team, 5-1, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships at the Amherst College Tennis Courts Friday.
The Hawks won a critical match at number three doubles, as Nicholas Hawvermale and Jason Pacino defeated junior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) and sophomore Mike Giaquinto (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) of the Corsairs, 9-7.
At number one doubles, Jeff DeNunzio and Dan Kleitz defeated UMD's team of sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS), and junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech), 8-4. Freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) and sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) downed Kevin Erikson and Spencer Withington at number two doubles, 9-8, winning the tie-breaker, 7-5.
The Hawks won the first three singles matches that were completed. At number five, Withington defeated Lui, 6-3, 6-1. At number six, Taylor Webster defeated UMD senior Taha Souayah (Ariana, Tunisia), 6-1, 6-3. Kleitz defeated Parker at number three singles, 6-2, 6-3, to clinch the decision. The Corsairs were ahead in the other three singles matches. In the NCAA Championships, the match is ended once a team wins five matches.
"Mike Giaquinto and Brian Lui lost a very tough match in doubles, and we came out of the doubles, down, 2-1," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Had we come out ahead, 2-1, we could have won the match. Mike Parker's match at number three was closer than the score indicated, and Karsten, Brennan and Matt were all ahead in their singles matches."
The Corsairs lost for the first and only time this season, falling to 11-1, while the Hawks improved to 17-7 with the victory.
"We had a fantastic season, and I couldn't be prouder of the team," said Mendell. "Our team played super, and we're returning six of our top seven players, so the future looks bright."
Roger Williams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championships and they will play top-seeded Amherst Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The match was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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