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Knights finish second at Nationals and earn Multiple Awards!
Knights finish second at Nationals and earn Multiple Awards!
Warwick, R.I. – May 18, 2012: The CCRI tennis team entered the final day of the 2012 National tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX with members of the team still in the tournament for the first time in the school’s history and not just one player, but all six were in competition in at least one flight in some form. By the end of the tournament CCRI had the National Champion in First Doubles with Michael Fallone (North Providence, RI) and Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) and Sixth Singles with Nick Morin (North Smithfield, RI) which also earned them first Team All-American honors. In addition, they had Ross Bouchard (South Kingstown, RI) earn Second Team All-American honors for his second place finish and the third Flight Doubles team of Morin and Nicholas Elkind-DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) also earned Second Team All-American honors. In addition Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) won the Fifth Singles back draw finals earning the Knights a critical half point which helped them earn a second place finish.
The First Doubles team of sophomore Michael Fallone and freshman Anthony Lamborghini were in the main draw final. Freshman Nicholas Elkind-DeAngelis was in the third flight singles back draw final. Freshman Ross Bouchard was in the flight four singles main draw final. Freshman Timothy Holzinger was in the fifth singles back draw final. Freshman Nicholas Morin was in the sixth singles main draw final. The Third Doubles team of DeAngelis and Morin were in the main draw finals. All six players had chances to win matches and earn points for the team. The Knights still had a mathematical opportunity to win the championship as well, starting the day with five points in play and just 3.5 points behind the day three leaders, the Gloucester County College Roadrunners. The final day of the tournament was held at the host site of Collin County Community College, and their fine tennis facility. It also included umpires in the chairs of each match, overseeing the matches on court. It was truly a professional atmosphere for all of the players.
The first to take to the courts were the singles positions. In flight three singles, DeAngelis took on Adam Czaplinski of the first place Gloucester County College Roadrunners in the flight three singles back draw final with a ½ point on the line. Czaplinski, a veteran of last year’s tournament jumped out quickly and took the first set 6-1. DeAngelis valiantly fought back to make the second set much closer but ultimately fell to the Gloucester player, 6-1and 6-4.
In flight four singles, No. 2 seed Bouchard faced off against Gloucester County College Roadrunners’ Vladislav Koldomasov, the No. 1 seed, with one full point at stake. Koldomasov was also a participant in the 2011 tournament. The match featured just a single break of serve for the entire match, and Bouchard succumbed to more experienced player 6-3 and 7-6(7-4). The win for the roadrunners clinched them their third consecutive National Championship, mathematically eliminating CCRI from Championship contention. Ross ended the tournament as Second Team All-American in flight four singles.
In flight five singles, Holzinger faced off against SUNY- Adirondack’s Matt Edwards. Tim powered through the match, defeating the timber wolf, 6-1 and 6-3 earning the Knights a ½ a point in the process, a ½ point that would loom HUGE by day’s end.
In flight six singles main draw final, Morin took to the courts against the scrappy Robert Mastrantoni also of SUNY Adirondack. Nick had upset the No. 1 seed in the first round of the flight, and Robert had upended the No. 2 seed in the same round. Morin is not unaccustomed to big challenges. When he was six years old he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Nick battled through eight months of treatment and defeated that opponent, so the trip out on to the court was a sweet one indeed. Morin battled on the court as well, defeating his Timber Wolf opponent, 6-1 and 6-2 in a match that was actually much closer than the score suggests. Nick earned a point for CCRI as well as First Team All-American honors and the title of 2012 National Champion for flight six singles for NJCAA Division III tennis. This was the first National Champion at any level of tennis for the Community College of Rhode Island!
In flight one doubles, the No. 3 seed Fallone and Lamborghini, having defeated the No. 1 seeded pairing of Judd Bahoui and Pasha Shapouri of Nassau Community College in three tough sets in the semifinals, faced off against the No. 2 seeded pair of AJ Moore and Donovan Vassalotti of 2012 National Champion Gloucester County College. The Knights dominated from start to finish, completing the match in less than 50 minutes in a display of supremacy that, in the words of the chair umpire, “had not been seen before in this tournament, especially in the finals!” The victory earned the Knights another point, earned Michael and Anthony First Team All-American honors and the titles of National Champions!
In flight three main draw doubles, the second seeded pair of National Champion Morin and DeAngelis took to the courts against top seeds Aaron Williams and Jon Sjolander of National Champion Gloucester County College. The match featured some excellent and inspired play from both teams, and ultimately the roadrunners prevailed, 6-2 and 6-3. Nick and Nick earned Second Team All-American honors by qualifying for the finals.
On the day the top three teams entering the day were Gloucester (30.5 points with eight points in play and seven of nine main draw finalists and back draw finalists in the remaining two), CCRI (27 points with five points in play and four of nine main draw finalists and 2 back draw finalists), Nassau Community College (27 points with 3.5 points in play and three main draw finalists and one back draw finalist). At the end of the day, Gloucester prevailed in three main draw finals and one back draw final to secure 3.5 points, 34 total points and their third consecutive National Championship. Nassau prevailed in two main draw finals to earn two points and a total of 29 for the tournament. CCRI earned 2.5 points including the back draw victory by Tim Holzinger in fifth singles to finish with 29.5 points, just edging out Nassau for second place all alone. This represents the highest-ever finish for CCRI Tennis in school history!
NJCAA 2012 Division III National Tennis Championships
1. Gloucester CC - 34
2. CCRI - 29.5
3. Nassau - 29
4. Mercer Co. - 20
5. Onondaga - 17
6. SUNY Adirondack - 16
7. Oxford College - 12.5
8. Montgomery College - 5
9. Brookdale CC - 3
10. Suffolk Co. - 2
11. Kingsborough CC - 0