Courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.
DUDLEY, Mass. - The Nichols men's tennis team captured its eight-consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament Championship with a 5-0 win over No. 2 seeded Western New England Saturday afternoon at the Robinson Tennis Courts.
The Bison (15-6) received their strongest test of the season in doubles play. Junior Peter Coletti (Beverly, Mass.) and senior Igor Markowski (Paris, France) cruised to an 8-1 win at the No. 3 spot against Michael Tran (West Haven, Conn.) and Max Gordon (Middleton, Mass.). With his win at the No. 3 doubles, Markowski became the winningest doubles player in program history. Seniors Blake Norton (Stratford, Conn.) and Sebastian Penaloza came from behind to win 8-7, with a 7-0 tie break at the No. 2 doubles. Immediately following that juniors Guilherme Barbosa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Brandon Howard (Hamden, Conn.) won 8-7 with a 7-4 tie break at the No. 1 doubles to give the Bison a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
Nichols came out strong in singles play. Howard and Penaloza finished almost simultaneously at the No. 3 and 4 spots to clinch the 5-0 win over the Golden Bears. The win marks the Bison's eighth straight CCC Championship and they now await there placement in the 2019 Division III NCAA Tournament. Nichols also finished the season a perfect 72-0 combined in singles and doubles play against conference opponents for the first time in program history.
2019 CCC MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
Semifinals – Wednesday, May 1
Finals – Saturday, May 4
#1 Nichols def. #2 Western New England, 5-0 | BOX
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.