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Men's Tennis Falls to Wesleyan, 7-2, in Season Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 19, 2007) – The Springfield College men’s tennis team played competitively, but lost to Wesleyan, 7-2, late this afternoon at Springfield’s Appleton Courts in the season opener for both teams.

Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead after doubles play.

In singles, Matt O’Connell at No. 2 and Alejandro Alverado at No. 6 upped the lead to 4-1 for the Cardinals.

Springfield junior Andrew Constant (Kingston, N.Y.) fended off Pauri Pandian at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3, to edge the match back to 4-2, Wesleyan.

But Mike Frank at No. 3, Paul Gerdes at No. 5, and Ray Chung at No. 4 finished it off for Wesleyan. Gerdes defeated Springfield senior Rahul Bala (Enfield, Conn.) in a fine come-from-behind effort at 2-6, 6-3, (10-6 super tiebreaker).

As a result, Wesleyan is now 1-0, while Springfield falls to 0-1.

The match began with doubles play.

Wesleyan 7, Springfield 2
Singles
Andrew Constant (SC) def. Pauri Pandian (W), 6-0, 6-3
Matt O’Connell (W) def. Trevor Romanzi (SC), 6-2, 6-1
3) Mike Frank (W) def. Joe Lisi (SC), 6-3, 6-2
4) Ray Chung (W) def. Rahul Bala (SC), 2-6, 6-3, (10-6 super tiebreaker)
Paul Gerdes (W) def. Bobby Schlink (SC), 6-4, 6-2
Alejandro Alverado (W) def. Tim Tunis (SC), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
O’Connell/Jaafau Rizui (W) def. Constant/Lisi (SC), 8-3
Romanzi/Bala (SC) def. Pandian/Chung (W), 8-5
Max Schekein/Matt Schaff (W) def. Schlink/Tunis (SC), 8-2

Records: Wesleyan 1-0, Springfield 0-1
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