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CCRI Tennis team battles elements at Hartford NIT
The CCRI coed tennis team traveled to Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD to compete in the Harford National Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Knights and Lady Knights battled tough elements and very tough competition in their first action of the season.
Leading the way for CCRI was Co-Captain Sean Gorman (Wakefield, RI) in No. 2 singles made it to the Main Draw Semi-finals but lost to Conor Ritchey of Brookdale CC 6-3 and 6-0. Also faring well for the Knights in No. 1 singles was Co-Captain John Chammat (Cumberland, RI) who defeated Murilo Bassa of Harford CC 8-6 to win the No. 1 Singles Back Draw.
The next competitors for CCRI to do well were the female tandem of Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) and Khaty Saengsouriya (North Providence, RI) in No. 3 doubles lost in the Back Draw finals to the male team of Sincoskie and Codilla of Mercer County CC 8-2.
Rounding out the CCRI singles competitors was No. 3 singles Otniel Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) lost in the Back Draw Semi-finals to Christian Barnes of Onondaga CC 9-7. No. 4 singles Billy Moya (Providence, RI) lost in the Back Draw Semi-finals to John Wills of Brookdale CC 8-0. No. 5 singles Keomorokot lost in the Back Draw Semi-finals to Jesse Zavaro of Onondaga CC 8-2. No. 6 singles Saengsouriya lost in the Back Draw Semi-finals to Jacob Gosier of Onondaga CC 8-2.
Rounding out the CCRI doubles teams were No.1 doubles tandem of Chammat and Gorman lost in Back Draw Semi-finals to Rand and Lin Oxford CC 8-1. No. 2 doubles tandem of Lopes and Moya lost in Back Draw Semi-finals to Barone and Wills Brookdale CC 8-1.
CCRI faced extremely tough weather conditions and opponents this past weekend at the NIT Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. Head Coach Deb Panzica commented “John Chammat did manage to win the Back Draw No. 1 singles position by defeating Murilo Bassa of Division 1 Harford CC.”
The next match for the Knights’ tennis team will be versus Suffolk Community College Friday April 11.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.