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Knights’ Tennis Dominates Delhi 9-0
The CCRI Knights’ tennis team hosted their second annual CCRI Invitational. Unfortunately, the second-annual CCRI invitational weekend kicked off with a snow storm. After having three weeks of beautiful, unseasonably warm weather. The day was a washout, affecting 4 matches on Saturday, and an additional 4 on Sunday as teams from New York: SUNY-Delhi, Suffolk Community College and Onondaga Community College; New Jersey: Mercer County Community College and Massachusetts: Bristol Community College met the Knights of CCRI at the Bristol CC campus courts for a weekend of NJCAA DIII co-ed tennis contests. The coaches got together and a solution, proposed by Coach Marc Vecchiolla of Mercer CCC, which involved playing all the doubles for all eight matches in the indoor facility available on CCRI’s Lincoln campus, and concluding the singles matches on Sunday in Fall River, MA. 24 doubles matches were played as 6-game, no-ad pro sets Saturday evening from 6-10:30. 48 singles matches were played as best two-out-of-three no-ad sets, with a match tiebreak (first to 10 points by 2) to decide split-set matches.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knights faced the Broncos of SUNY Delhi over the March 31/April 1 weekend. Starting with doubles, Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) and Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) in first doubles defeated Rich Felter and Tom O’Halloran, 6-2. Ross Bouchard (S. Kingstown, RI) and Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) defeated Sean O’Connell and Dan Sciarrino, 6-1 in second doubles. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) and Nicholas Morin (N. Smithfield, RI) prevailed over Derek Mara and Jose Salcedo, Jr. in third doubles, 6-2. Fallone then dispatched Felter in first singles, 6-4 and 6-0. Lamborghini got back into winning ways, defeating O’Halloran in second singles, 6-1 and 6-1. DeAngelis defeated O’Connell, 6-2 and 7-5. Bouchard, still gaining, defeated Sciarrino in fourth singles, 6-2, and 6-3. Holzinger in fifth singles, returned to winning ways defeating Adetanji Shennaike, 6-0 and 6-2. Morin, in sixth singles, closed out his match against Mara, defeating him 6-3 and 6-0. CCRI won the match 9-0.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match “The format for this weekend’s matches had to be adjusted and improvised due to weather and facility concerns. With some ingenious thinking and a lot of hard work, every team was able to get all of their matches in and leave with some valuable experience and some healthy competition.”