The CCRI Knights coed tennis team is in Collin College in Plano, TX for the Division III men’s tennis national tournament. Knights’ Co-Captain John Chammat (Cumberland, RI) was the only CCRI player to stay alive in the Championship draw with all other Knight falling into the back draw (consolation bracket).
Leading the way for the Knights in flight one singles was John Chammat who defeated Jon Robbins of Gloucester County College 6-4, 5-7 and 7-5 in the quarter finals in a very competitive match. Chammat will advance to the national semi-final and will face No.1 seed Maclane Smoke of Brookdale Community College Tuesday at 8:00am (UTD-Central time).
In the other singles matches for CCRI in flight two singles Co-Captain Sean Gorman (Wakefield, RI) fell to No.1 seed Mike Nelson from Nassau Community College 6-3 and 6-1. In flight three singles Otniel Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) fell to Eric Sapiro of Bergen Community College 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1 in another very close match. In flight four singles Eddie Papineau (Scituate, RI) fell to Matt Schrader from Onondaga Community College 6-3 and 6-1. In flight five singles Billy Moya (Providence, RI) lost to Abdelkader Sardena of Bergen CC 6-1 and 6-4. Rounding out the singles matches in flight six singles Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) lost to Jacob Gosier 6-1 and 6-2. All of them will move onto the back draw consolation bracket.
In doubles the Knights did not win a match beginning with the team of Co-Captains in flight one doubles John Chammat and Sean Gorman who lost to Conor Ritchey and Maclane Smoke of Brookdale CC 6-2 and 6-4 in the closest of the doubles matches for the Knights. In flight two doubles Otniel Lopes and Eddie Papineau fell to Sebastian Alvarez and Corey Stella of Suffolk County Community College 6-1 and 6-3. Finally, in flight three doubles the team of Billy Moya and Sarah Keomorokot lost to the team of Andrew Neter and Donnell Slay 6-2 and 6-1. All of the CCRI doubles teams will continue in the back draw.
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