Men’s Tennis Drops, 6-3, Decision Against Johnson & Wales

Men’s Tennis Drops, 6-3, Decision Against Johnson & Wales

Providence, R.I.--The Rhode Island College men's tennis team dropped a, 6-3, decision against crosstown rival Johnson & Wales in a non-conference contest played at the RIC Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Johnson & Wales 6, Rhode Island College 3
Rhode Island College (8-3)
Johnson & Wales (10-7) 

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC took the first point of the match when senior Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) and sophomore Ethan Hoy (West Warwick, RI) defeated JWU sophomores Robert Michalofsky (Saratoga Springs, NY) and sohomore Brandon Case (Auburn, ME), 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.

• JWU freshmen Will Lyons (Marlton, NJ) and Steve Heizler (Lawrenceville, GA) posted an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles against RIC senior Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) and sophomore Mike Shea (Smithfield, RI) to tie the match, 1-1. 

• The JWU team of junior Alexander Rohana (Providence, RI) and sophomore Gianni Rodrigues (Milton, MA) defeated RIC sophomore Alex Bourque (North Smithfield, RI) and senior Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT), 8-4, at No. 1 doubles to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles action.

• Scott dropped a (6-1, 6-2) decision at No. 2 singles against Rohana, while Esposito posted a win (6-3, 6-2) for the Anchormen at No. 6 singles against Case to make the score, 3-2, in the visitor's favor.

• Shea knotted the match at, 3-3, when he posted a (6-1, 6-2) victory against Michalofsky at the No. 5 spot. 

• JWU then swept the remainder of the singles matches with Lyons taking a (6-3, 6-0) win over Bourque at No. 1 singles for the 4-3 lead in the contest and Rodrigues clinched the win for the Wildcats with a (6-4, 6-3) win against Gambardella.

• Heizler defeated Hoy (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) at No. 4 singles to close out the contest. 

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Suffolk on Thursday, April 25 (3:30 p.m.).