03.12.13: The CCRI tennis team traveled to West Windsor, NJ on Tuesday to play the Vikings of Mercer County Community College. Due to very rainy conditions the match was played at the Mercer County indoor tennis facility. The Knights prevailed with a 7-2 victory taking five out of six singles matches and two out of three doubles matches. With the victory the Knights improve to 1-1 on the season.
In First Singles Ahmed Al-Shawafi of Mercer defeated John Chammat (Cumberland, RI) 6-1 and 6-0. In Second Singles CCRI’s Otniel Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) defeated Davio Moriello 6-1 and 6-1. In Third Singles the Knight’s success continued as Ross Bouchard (South Kingstown, RI) defeated David Clavijo 6-3, 4-6, and 1-0 (tie-breaker 10-7). In Fourth Singles Sean Gorman (South Kingstown, RI) defeated Elias Deleon 6-3 and 6-1. In Fifth Singles Tim Holzinger (Foster, RI) continued the Knights winning-streak by defeating Micheal Greiff 7-6, 4-6, and 1-0 (tie-breaker 10-1). To round out singles, in Sixth Singles Ed Papineau (Scituate, RI) defeated Stefan Negeu 7-6 and 7-5. The Knights took five of the six singles matches to ensure victory in the overall team match and will look to continue their success in the Doubles matches.
In First Doubles Mercer got back on the board when Ahmed Al Shawafi & David Moriello defeated the Knights’ team of Chammat & Bouchard in a tie-breaker 9-8 (tie-breaker 9-7). In Second Doubles the Knights got back on track as Gorman & Lopes defeated The Mercer team of Clavijo & Lebedew convincingly 8-0. Rounding out the match The Knights went out on top with the Third Doubles team of Holzinger & Papineau defeating Deleon & Mastalesz 8-4. With the victory the Knights take the match 7-2 and improve to 1-1 on the season.
The Knights match scheduled for Wednesday versus Brookdale was cancelled by Brookdale so the next match for the Knights will be Thursday when they travel to Toms River, NJ to face the Vikings of Ocean County College at 4:00pm.
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