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Knights Tennis Survives versus Suffolk County 5-4!
The second completed match for the Knights during the Second Annual CCRI Invitational was versus the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College from Selden, NY. The Knights survived a 5-4 match to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knights faced the Sharks of Suffolk Community College over the weekend. Starting with doubles, Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) and Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) in first doubles defeated Kyle Brewster and Chad Stevens, 6-1. Ross Bouchard (South Kingstown, RI) and Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) dropped their second doubles contest to Joe Errico and Nikko Navarro, 6-1. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) and Nicholas Morin (N. Smithfield, RI) also fell to the Sharks’ Rich Napolitano and Dave Hahn in third doubles, 6-3. Lamborghini dominated Errico in second singles, 6-0 and 6-1. DeAngelis fell to Stevens in third singles, 6-3 and 6-1. Bouchard defeated Navarro in fourth singles, 6-3 and 6-2. Holzinger in fifth singles defeated Napolitano, 6-1 and 6-0. Morin, in sixth singles, fell to the giant, Hahn, 6-1 and 6-3. This tied-up the match at 4-4. This set-up CCRI first singles sensation Mike Fallone in the deciding match of the contest. Fallone dropped the first set 6-1, then righted the ship in the second set 6-3, to set up the match deciding super tiebreaker; the first to 10 points by 2. Fallone prevailed, serving out the match 10-8 in the tiebreak to win the match 1-6, 6-3 and 1-0(10-8). CCRI won the match 5-4.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented “Mike (Fallone) played exceptionally well this weekend. Especially the this match where he dropped the first set 1-6 and was told point blank during the second set that the team win depended upon his winning his match. He then, with that pressure upon him, basically crushed his opponent. He handled the pressure so well. The Suffolk player was pretty good, but Mike was able to pick it up for the team.”