Providence, R.I.—Freshman Ethan Hoy (West Warwick, RI) posted a pair of victories, but it wouldn't be enough as the Rhode Island College men's tennis team dropped a hard-fought, 5-4, decision against UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference contest played at the RIC Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
UMass Dartmouth 5, Rhode Island College 4
Rhode Island College (9-3, 3-2 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (6-7, 2-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The match began on Tuesday and was suspended due to darkness with the score tied, 4-4, and the No. 1 singles match in the third set, tied 5-5.
• Hoy and junior Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) picked up the first win on the day for RIC with an 8-1 win over the UMD team of senior Zach Pavao (Somerset, MA) and freshman John Fratus (Yarmouth, MA) at No. 3 doubles.
• The Anchormen went up 2-0 with an 8-4 win from freshman Cam Chadwick (Narragansett, RI) and junior Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) over freshman Tristan Viale (Westfield, MA) and junior Anthony Joseph (Acushnet, MA) at the No. 2 spot.
• The visiting Corsairs took their first win of the day at No. 1 doubles where graduate student Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, MA) and freshman Eli Brooks (Franklin, MA) posted an 8-5 win over RIC senior Brett Taggart (North Kingstown, RI) and freshman Alex Bourque (North Smithfield, RI).
• RIC held the 2-1 advantage after singles play.
• UMass Dartmouth knotted the match at 2-2 with a (6-3, 6-0) win by Brooks over Gambardella at the No. 4 singles spot.
• The Anchormen then went up 4-2 after back-to-back wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Hoy defeated Pavao (6-3, 6-1) at No. 5 and junior Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) took a (6-2, 6-0) victory against UMD sophomore Mark Desmond (Braintree, MA) at the No. 6 spot.
• UMD tied the match up at 4-4 as Viale posted a (6-7, 7-6, 6-2) win over Taggart at No. 2 singles and Joseph defeated Bourque (7-4, 4-6, 6-4) at the No. 3 spot.
• When the match resumed on Friday, Pacheco finished the (1-6, 6-1, 7-6) victory over Chadwick to give UMass Dartmouth the league victory.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Becker for a non-conference contest on Saturday, April 21 (1 p.m.)