Nichols’ Season Comes to a Close with NCAA Tournament Loss To Wilkes

Nichols’ Season Comes to a Close with NCAA Tournament Loss To Wilkes

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Courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Nichols men's tennis team lost to Wilkes University 5-4 in a NCAA First Round match Friday afternoon at the Bay Road Tennis Club in Amherst, Mass.

The Bison (15-7) dropped two of the three doubles matches, falling behind 1-2 going into singles competition. The only win in doubles play came at the No. 2 spot with seniors Blake Norton (Stratford, Conn.) and Sebastian Penaloza (North Grafton, Mass.) defeating Braddock Chow (Glen Cove, N.Y.) and Mike Ellis (Phoenixville, Pa.) with a score of 8-6.

The Colonels (15-6) went on to take a commanding 4-1 lead by quickly taking the No. 1 and No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win by Courtney Murphy (Bronx, N.Y.) at the No. 1 spot and a 6-3, 6-1 victory by Jonathan White (Saylorsburg, Pa.) at the No. 4 spot. The Bison battled back starting with a win at the No. 2 singles from Guilherme Barbosa (Bradenton, Fla.) and a three-set win from junior Brandon Howard (Hamdon, Conn.). Howard won set one 6-4, before his opponent Chris Maderitz (York, Pa.) took set two 6-3. Howard ultimately came out on top winning set three 6-3 to make the team score 4-3 in favor of the Colonels. Nichols junior Peter Coletti (Beverly, Mass.) tied the match at four apiece after a 6-0, 6-4 win at the No. 5 singles. Wilkes went on to take the match point at the No. 6 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win from Ellis.

Wilkes will continue on to the NCAA Second Round, with a matchup against the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, Amherst, Saturday afternoon.

 

2019 NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

NCAA First Round – Friday, May 10
(Hosted by Amherst – Amherst, Mass.)

Wilkes def. Nichols, 5-4 | BOX
Stevens def. UMass Boston, 5-0 | BOX

 

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