The CCRI coed tennis team faced-off against some of the top teams in the nation this past weekend at the Bristol Community College round robin in Fall River, MA. The Knights tennis team always plays against the teams they feel they will face at the Tennis nationals. Playing the top talent prepares you for the championships. That being said the Knights lost their four matches, but many of them were very close and were played with a “No-Advantage” scoring which is not usually what the Knights play in region. However, the experience the Knights gained will help them later in the post season. The Knights team begins the season 0-4.
Though the Knights did not win a match against the very powerful Suffolk squad Knights’ first singles John Chammat (Cumberland, RI) and fourth singles Eddy Papineau (Scituate, RI) managed to take their opponents to third set tiebreakers.
Once again the Knights were shutout but second singles Sean Gorman (Wakefield, RI) and third singles Otniel Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) lost very close matches by one break of serve apiece.
The Knights were starting to build some momentum as they won a few matches versus another very powerful national powerhouse in Onondaga CC. Knights’ first singles John Chammat lost in a third set tiebreaker but came back to win 8-6 in first doubles with his partner Sean Gorman. Also in Third singles Otniel Lopes won his match in a third set tie breaker after coming back from a 1-6 first set lost.
Once again the Knights played much better fourth singles Eddy Papineau fought back to win in a third set tiebreaker after losing the first set 1-6. First doubles John Chammat and Sean Gorman won their match 8-6 and the second doubles tandem of Otniel Lopes and Eddy Papineau won their doubles match 8-5. In addition, even though he lost his match in fifth singles 7-6 and 6-4, freshman Billy Moya (Providence, RI) showed great improvement.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the weekend “This was a tough weekend for the Knights playing four matches against four very tough teams. It will definitely prepare us for the National Tournament later in the year. All Knights’ players played hard and showed improvement and look forward to their next match again Region XX1 rival Bristol Community College on Wednesday.”
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