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Knights’ Tennis Overcomes Ocean County 7-2!
The CCRI Knights tennis team traveled to Toms River, NJ, to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College. The Knights were looking to start 2012 on a positive note with a win. The Knights battled the Vikings and overcame the Region XIX team 7-2, avenging what was possibly the most crippling loss of the 2011 campaign.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knights took to the courts against the Ocean County College Vikings for the first match of the 2012 campaign. Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) teamed-up with Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) in first doubles, defeating Lorenz Mascadia and William Humphries, 8-4. Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) teamed up with Ross Bouchard (S. Kingstown, RI) in second doubles, earning their first win in their collegiate tennis match over Gordon Fordyce and Matt Smith 8-2. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) teamed up with Nicholas Morin (N. Smithfield, RI) in third doubles, also earning their first collegiate victory over Frank Barillas and Taylor Carew 8-2.
The Knights entered the singles with three points already in the bag, and needing only two of the six singles matches to clinch the overall match, but that would not satisfy them. Fallone defeated Mascadia in first singles 6-4, 6-2. Lamborghini defeated Humphries in second singles 6-1, 6-2. Holzinger fell to a crafty drop-shot lobber in Fordyce 6-0, 6-2. DeAngelis defeated Smith in third singles 6-3, 6-2. Bouchard defeated Barillas in fifth singles 6-0, 6-0. Morin fell in a super-tie break for the third set 10-8, after battling back from a 6-1 first-set loss in sixth singles to Carew, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).
Sophomore Fallone started off his 2012 campaign in impressive style, following a superb 2011 season, with wins in both 1st doubles and 1st singles. Newcomers Lamborghini, DeAngelis, and Bouchard also completed sweeps of both their doubles and singles matches. Bouchard’s may have been possibly the most impressive for the simple fact, that as a member of the now 13-time defending RI State Champion South Kingstown boys tennis team, Bouchard played only doubles during his high school career and managed a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of his collegiate singles opponent.
Newcomers Lamborghini second singles, DeAngelis fourth singles, and Bouchard fifth singles, also won their first collegiate singles matches giving up a total of only eight games between the three best-of-three set matches. They also combined on the day with three other players in the doubles matches to concede another eight games total over the three 8-game pro set doubles victories. These three players contributed to six of the seven CCRI points.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match: "With this win, the team got off to an exciting start to the 2012 season. The players showed tremendous chemistry in doubles and our singles play was very strong. I am looking forward to the team building on this as we progress in our schedule."
Next the Knights will travel to Philadelphia, PA to scrimmage two-time defending National Champion Roadrunners of Gloucester County College, NJ.