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Knights vanquish Vikings 5-4 to improve to 5-1!
The CCRI Knights tennis team traveled to Trenton, NJ top play the Mercer County Community College Vikings in a continuation of a match from over two weeks ago. The match began on March 30th with doubles. The Knights took the early lead, capturing first and 3rd doubles. The Vikings secured 2nd doubles. Singles started to go the Vikings’ way, however, as they captured 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with CCRI taking just 1st and 5th. Playing at Bristol Community College’s courts in Fall River, MA, where there are only five courts, the teams had to wait for a free court to start No. 6 singles. The first set went back and forth between two very evenly matched opponents, culminating in a tiebreak for the first set. CCRI’s Nicholas Morin (North Smithfield, RI) prevailed in the tiebreak, 7-5, to secure the first set. The second set was played Saturday, April 14 when CCRI visited Mercer County CC at their NIT. Morin prevailed in the second set 6-2, securing the 6th singles position and the overall match, 5-4.
The Knights took to the courts against the Mercer County CC Vikings for the third match of the 2012 campaign. Starting with doubles, Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) and Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) in 1st doubles defeated Josh Partyka and Adam Czaplinski, 8-3. Ross Bouchard (S. Kingstown, RI) and Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) fell to Travis Virgil and Jeff Castera, 8-4 in 2nd doubles. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) and Nicholas Morin prevailed over Elias DeLeon and Luis Diego Morales in 3rd doubles, 8-6. Fallone then dispatched Partyka in 1st singles, 6-0 and 6-4. Lamborghini dropped the first match he’s lost this season to Virgil in 2nd singles, 6-3 and 6-0. DeAngelis, making his debut in 3rd singles, fell to Czaplinski, 6-1 and 6-0. Holzinger fought valiantly in 4th singles, but also fell to Castera, 6-1 and 6-4. Bouchard, gaining in consistency each match as the season progresses, defeated DeLeon in 5th singles, 6-4 and 6-2. Morin took to the first-available court in 6th singles facing Morales and battled back-and-forth over the first set, culminating in a tie-break that Morin prevailed in 7-5, to take the first set 7-6. The second set was played Saturday, April 14 when CCRI visited Mercer CCC at their NIT. Morin prevailed in the second set 6-2, securing the 6th singles position and the overall match, 5-4.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match “This was a battle today, and it looks to be a fight for the match once we are able to make up the match in a couple of weeks. 4/14: Nick Morin played beautifully today, and the match was his for the taking, as he dominated the more experienced Mercer player to carry the set, the match, and the overall team victory.”