SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed Roger Williams and No. 4 seed Gordon both picked up home wins on Saturday in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Tennis Championship Tournament to advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday, May 1.
The Hawks knocked off No. 6 seed Curry in their quarterfinal match 6-0 and will advance to play No. 2 seed Western New England at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Gordon's matchup with North Shore rival No. 5 seed Endicott was a bit tighter as the Fighting Scots claimed the 5-3 quarterfinal victory. The Scots will play No. 1 seed Nichols in the semifinals with first serve also scheduled for 3 p.m.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the 2019 CCC Men's Tennis Championship match on Saturday, May 4. The winner of the title match will be named the 2019 CCC Men's Tennis Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship.
#3 Roger Williams 6, #6 Curry 0
BRISTOL, R.I. - The third-seeded Roger Williams men's tennis rolled to a 6-0 victory over sixth-seeded Curry Saturday afternoon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals.
Dan Tocco (East Quogue, N.Y.) and Brendan White (East Lyme, Conn.) notched an 8-3 win over Richie Helfer (Canton, Conn.) and Aidan Roach (Norwell, Mass.) at No. 1 doubles, while Miles Conlin (Branford, Conn.) and Thomas O'Leary (North Easton, Mass.) set down Lorenzo Russo (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Dawson Stento (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) by the same score at No. 2 doubles. Tyler Cain (Montpelier, Vt.) and Jake Cole (Sterling, Va.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-0 victory at No. 3 against Joshua Bernstein (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Daniel Ritucci (Middleboro, Mass.).
At No. 3 singles, O'Leary took down Helfer 6-1, 6-1 while Matty Feldman (Duxbury, Mass.) earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Ritucci at No. 5. Arlex Correa (Lynnfield, Mass.) helped send the Hawks to the semis with his 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 against Timothy O'Brien (Attleboro, Mass.).
In the other three unfinished singles matches, White had a 6-4, 1-0 lead over Roach at No. 1. Tocco took the first set 7-6 over Stento at No. 2 and Cole was one game away from the win at No. 3 against Russo, leading 6-0, 5-4.
Roger Williams (7-5) will travel to second-seeded Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC Semifinals. Curry closes out the year at 4-15.
Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#4 Gordon 5, #5 Endicott 3
WENHAM, Mass. - Gordon men's tennis hosted crosstown foe Endicott in the Quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. After losing to the Gulls the past two years in the quarterfinals, the Fighting Scots sought revenge and took the 5-3 victory over the Gulls to advance to the CCC Semifinals.
After loses in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots for Gordon's doubles, Nathan Lookwhy (Westborough, Mass.) and Jonathan Frink (La Crescenta, Calif.) landed the Scots their first points of the game after beating out the Gulls No. 1 duo by a tally of 8-7 (7-3). Going into singles play, Endicott had the slight 2-1 advantage.
Frink and Lookwhy continued their winning ways as they took down their No. 2 and No. 1 counterparts, respectively, to give the Scots a 3-2 edge over the Gulls. Endicott's Justin Toler (Concord, N.H.) tied the match at 3-all when he beat out Gordon's Richard Ryzi (Littleton, Mass.) in the sixth spot. A win by Kristopher Marineau (Auburn, N.H.) in the No. 3 spot put the Scots back on top. Soon after, Patrick Monahan (Richland, Wash.) scored the deciding match point for the Scots by beating out Christos Papadopoulos (Weymouth, Mass.) in the fifth spot with scores of 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, giving the Scots the 5-3 victory.
The Fighting Scots travel to Dudley, Mass. on Wednesday, May 1 to take on No. 1 seeded Nichols in the CCC Men's Tennis Semifinals.
Match recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
2019 CCC MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
Semifinals – Wednesday, May 1
#4 Gordon at #1 Nichols, 3 p.m.
#3 Roger Williams at #2 Western New England, 3 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, May 4
Semifinal winners, TBD
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.