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Knights score program-best 21 points day two of Tennis Nationals!
The CCRI Tennis team traveled to Collin County Community College in Plano, TX to compete in the Division III Tennis National Tournament. Here is a re-cap of the first three days including pre-tournament information, day one where the Knights were off and day two where they scored 21 team points a CCRI Tennis program record for points in a single day at the DIII Tennis National Tournament.
At the seeding meeting for the tournament, CCRI was involved in the seeding discussions for six of the nine flights, ultimately garnering five seeds. Michael Fallone (North Providence, RI) was seeded as the No. 2 seed in first flight singles. Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield, RI) was awarded the No. 3 seed for second flight singles. Ross Bouchard (South Kingstown, RI) was awarded the No. 2 seed in fourth flight singles. Nicholas Morin (North Smithfield, RI) was not seeded, although he received some consideration in sixth flight singles. Fallone and Lamborghini were awarded the No. 3 seed for first flight doubles. Morin and Nicholas Elkind-DeAngelis (Northborough, MA) were awarded the No. 2 seed in third flight doubles.
One other bright spot was the awarding of the Division III Player of the Year award, which was awarded to a CCRI player for the second time in three years. Many players were suggested for the honor, and the ultimate selection by the coaches present was Michael Fallone from CCRI. Michael was announced at the banquet, and a short presentation was made before the start of play at Allen I.S.D. high school prior to the start of play on Tuesday.
Day one of the 2012 National Championships began on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the host Collin County Community College. There were seven DIII matches played. CCRI was not active in any of them, having received seeds and therefore byes in all the flights that were active on day one.
Day two of the 2012 National Championship for Division III NJCAA tennis saw the Knights accumulate their highest single-day point total, and highest overall tournament point-total in recent history. With 21 points at the close of day two, CCRI is positioned in third place. With all nine positions in action, CCRI managed to win seven of the nine matches.
The first match of the day to take to the courts was sophomore Michael Fallone, the second seed in first flight singles. His opponent, Zach Arpey of SUNY-Adirondack won a first-round match on Monday. Fallone, having participated in the tournament last year, entered the draw as a known entity. Michael jumped out to an early lead and cruised through the match, finishing with a score of 6-2 and 6-2. Fallone will next take on Montgomery Rockville’s Dykhyun (Alex) Park in the semifinals.
As the third seed in second flight singles Anthony Lamborghini took to the courts facing a scrappy Adam Cadwell from Onondaga CC. Cadwell, who had played most of the season at No. 1 singles for the Lazers, started well, but Lamborghini prevailed 7-6(7-3) and 6-4. “Lambo” will next face the No. 1 seed in second flight singles, Matt Kallenberg from Nassau Community College, yet another player that spent most of the year at the No. 1 position in the semifinals.
In third flight singles Nicholas Elkind-DeAngelis took to the courts facing Evan Desantis from SUNY-Adirondack. DeAngelis had lost to the Timber wolf on April 22, and the result today was even more convincing from last year’s Timberwolves No. 1. Desantis prevailed 7-6(7-3) and 6-1. DeAngelis will now enter the tournament back draw and is scheduled to face Marc Seduca of Kingsborough Community College. Seduca, however, was forced to retire from today’s main draw match as he rolled an ankle during the course of play.
In fourth flight singles Ross Bouchard(Smithfield, RI) took to the courts as the second seed, facing off against Andy Parlow from Onondaga CC. Bouchard defeated Parlow 6-0 and 6-2 to advance to the semifinals. Bouchard will next face Jeff Castera from Mercer County Community College in the semifinals, a player that Ross faced at this year’s Mercer Invitational Tournament. The earlier match went to a tiebreak for the third.
In fifth flight singles Timothy Holzinger (Foster, RI) took to the courts to take on Shawn Sullivan from Onondaga CC. Holzinger had defeated Sullivan twice in the season, but the Lazer reversed his fortunes, prevailing over the CCRI No. 5 by a score of 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2. Tim will enter the back draw, consolation bracket, with an eye on winning that. He will next face Michael Lem from Oxford College.
In sixth flight singles, in what was the match of the tournament so far, and possibly the match of the season for CCRI Tennis, Nicholas Morin took to the courts facing off against No. 1 seed Shamell Martin from Gloucester County College. Morin, unfazed by the prior success of the roadrunner’s No. 6, jumped out to an early break and prevailed in the first set 6-2. Then a slight stumble, and the second set went to the top seed 6-1. The third and final set is played-out at Nationals and Morin and Martin fought back and forth, holding and breaking, until the set culminated in a tie-breaker. Morin dropped the first couple of points, but then won seven of the next eight to prevail 7-3, upsetting the top seed. Morin will next face Luis Morales of Mercer County Community College in the semifinals.
In first flight doubles, third seed Fallone and Lamborghini took to the courts facing Nolan Bilder and Ambrose Tingan from Brookdale CC. Fallone and Lamborghini cruised through the first set 6-1, then stumbled in the second, dropping it 7-5, before getting back on track and closing out the match 6-2 in the third. Fallone and Lamborghini will next face the No. 1 seed in first flight doubles, the team of Judd Bahoui and Pasha Shapouri from Nassau Community College in the semifinals.
In second flight doubles Bouchard and Holzinger faced off against Yevgeniy Remennick and an injury substitute from Kingsborough Community College. Bouchard and Holzinger handled the NYC pair, 6-4 and 6-0 to advance to the semifinals. They will next face the No. 2 seeds at second doubles, Vladislav Koldomasov and Andrew Pfeiffer from Gloucester County College.
The last CCRI team of the day was the third flight doubles team of Morin and DeAngelis. As the No. 2 seed, they faced Andy Parlow and Justin Parow of Onondaga Community College, a team that CCRI had seen in April when they came to play us in our weekend set of home matches. After the grueling sixth singles match, Morin went in to the match knowing he would need some help from his partner. Morin, however, played like the fresher of the two for most of the match. The pair prevailed in the Knights’ fourth 3-setter of the day, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
CCRI ends the day with 21 points and in third place overall as of the end-of-day standings:
1. Nassau CC - 23
2. Gloucester CC - 21.5
3. CCRI - 21
4. Mercer Co. - 18.5
5. SUNY Adirondack - 13
6. Onondaga CC - 10
7. Oxford College - 6
8. Montgomery College - 3
9. Brookdale CC - 2
10. Kingsborough CC - 0
10. Suffolk Co. - 0