SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The top two seeds in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Tennis Tournament, No. 1 seed Nichols and No. 2 seed Western New England both picked up wins in the CCC Semifinals on Wednesday (May 1) afternoon to advance to the CCC Championship match. The Bison will host the title match on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m.
Nichols, which has won the past seven CCC Men's Tennis Tournament Championships, knocked off No. 4 seed Gordon, 5-0 in its semifinal match. Meanwhile WNE, which will be making its first-ever championship appearance, defeated No. 3 seed Roger Williams.
The Bison and Golden Bears met once during the regular season with the defending Tournament Champions taking the match, 9-0.
The winner of Saturday's 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.
#1 Nichols 5, #4 Gordon 0
DUDLEY, Mass. - The top-seeded Nichols men's tennis program advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship match with a 5-0 win over No. 4 Gordon College Wednesday afternoon in CCC Semifinal action at the Robinson Tennis Courts.
The Bison (14-6) swept all three doubles spots, highlighted by an 8-6 victory in the No. 1 doubles positions from juniors Brandon Howard (Hamden, Conn.) and Guilherme Barbosa (Bradenton, Fla.). Earlier in the season this pairing won 8-0, however Gordon (9-12) added Jonathan Frink (La Crescenta, Calif.) back to their lineup, which saw them putting up a fight. Seniors Blake Norton (Stratford, Conn.) and Sebastian Penaloza squeaked out a 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot, while senior Igor Markowski (Paris, France) and junior Peter Coletti (Beverly, Mass.) defeated their opposition at the No. 3 spot with a score of 8-3.
It was the No. 5 and No. 6 singles that took home the wins and pushed the Bison to the CCC Championship game for a ninth straight season. Coletti picked up the 6-1, 6-1 victory against Patrick Monahan (Richland, Wash.) at the No. 5 spot, before junior Jack Donaldson (Easton, Md.) defeated Richard Ryzi (Littleton, Mass.) 6-1, 6-0 to make the final score 5-0 for the Bison.
Three things you need to know…
-The Bison advance to their ninth straight CCC Championship, in search their eighth straight title.
-Nichols is now a perfect 67-0 combined in doubles and singles play against CCC opponents this season.
-Nichols won the first set in all six singles matches, before Donaldson clinched the match winning point.
Match recap courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.
#2 Western New England 5, #3 Roger Williams 1
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The second-seeded Western New England University men's tennis team advanced to the championship match of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament for the first time in program history with a 5-1 semifinal round victory over No. 3 seed Roger Williams University on Wednesday afternoon at the Volvo Outdoor Courts.
With the win, the Golden Bears (11-3) move on to face top-seeded Nichols in the title match on Saturday. Roger Williams' season comes to a close at 7-6.
Western New England got off to a strong start as juniors Hippolyte Bonnet (Lille, France) and Luke Surawski (Wethersfield, Conn.) rolled to an 8-1 win over Thomas O'Leary (North Easton, Mass.) and Miles Conlin (Branford, Conn.) at No. 2 doubles.
The Golden Bears went up 2-0 in the match when senior Michael Tran (West Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Max Gordon (Middleton, Mass.) edged Jake Cole (Sterling, Va.) and Tyler Cain (Montpelier, Vt.) 8-6 at No. 3 doubles, before the Hawks got on the board as Brendan White (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Dan Tocco (East Quogue, N.Y.) defeated Western New England's top duo of junior David Kalmer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and senior Justin Kohut (South Windsor, Conn).
Leading 2-1 heading into singles play, the Golden Bears added to their advantage as Bonnet topped Tocco, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position.
Western New England clinched the victory with wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, as Kohut registered a 6-3, 6-3 result over O'Leary, and Surawski bested Cole, 6-2, 6-3.
Match recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
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
#2 Western New England at #1 Nichols, 1 p.m.
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.