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Holy Cross Downs Men's Tennis, 5-4, in Spring Home Opener

Tim Tunis Springfield, Mass. -- March 24, 2010 -- The Springfield College men's tennis team split singles play, 3-3, but doubles barely did it in as Division I Holy Cross defeated the Pride this afternoon at SC's Appleton Courts, 5-4. With the win, the Crusaders lifted their record to 3-7, while Springfield fell to 2-6.

Singles winners for the home team included senior Tim Tunis (Sudbury, Mass.) at No. 2, freshman Ben Burnap (Westerly, R.I.) at No. 3, and sophomore Zach O'Leary (Westboro, Mass.) at No. 4.

On the doubles side, SC's No. 1 duo of Tunis and senior Trevor Romanzi (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was a winner, defeating their counterparts from Holy Cross, 8-5.

Singles winners for HC included junior Matt Wierzel (Garden City, N.Y.) at No. 1, sophomore Tim Regan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) at No. 5, and freshman Scott Brownell (Plymouth, Mass.) at No. 6.

Up next, Springfield hosts Wheaton Saturday at 1 pm in its NEWMAC opener.

Final Team Score -- Holy Cross 5, Springfield 4

Doubles
1) Trevor Romanzi/Tim Tunis (SC) def. Matt Wierzel/John Burke (HC), 8-5
2) Scot Brownel/Ajeya Shekar (HC) def. Kevin Leahy/Ben Burnap (SC), 8-6
3) Tim Regan/Chris Das (HC) def. Jesse Boyd/Zach O'Leary (SC), 9-7

Singles
1) Wierzel (HC) def. Romanzi (SC), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
2) Tunis (SC) def. Burke (HC), 6-4, 6-1
3) Burnap (SC) def. Dan Phelan (HC), 7-6 (11), 2-6, 6-0
4) O'Leary (SC) def. Das (HC), 6-1, 7-6 (4)
5) Regan (HC) def. Eric Henne (SC), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
6) Brownell (HC) def. Doug Nickerson (SC), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Records: Springfield 2-6, Holy Cross 3-7

Clincher: No. 1 singles

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