WestConn Men's Tennis Ousted From Little East Conference Championships, Fall At RIC, 5-3

WestConn Men's Tennis Ousted From Little East Conference Championships, Fall At RIC, 5-3

Providence, R.I.— PROVIDENCE, RI - Western Connecticut  senior Jason Hipona (Orange, CT) and freshman Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) combined to defeat Rhode Island College freshman William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and junior Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) at the No. 1 spot, 8-0, but the Anchormen prevailed in the match, 5-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Little East Conference Men's Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

Rhode Island College sophomore Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) won in straight sets at No. 5 singles to secure a 5-3 victory.

 

The third-seeded Anchormen's (8-7) No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) and Esposito posted an 8-0 victory against freshman Jacques Fortier (Southbury, CT) and senior Matt O'Keefe (Cromwell, CT) to open the match

 

Western Connecticut (5-12) senior Jason Hipona (Orange, CT) and freshman Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) combined to defeat RIC freshman William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and junior Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) at the No. 1 spot, 8-0.

 

RIC senior Cory Duquette (Warwick, RI) and sophomore Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) posted an 8-0 win over juniors Jeff Hensley (Naugatuck, CT) and Adam Howard (Waterford, CT) at the No. 2 doubles spot to send the hosts into singles action up by a point, 2-1.

 

In singles action, Tiberi bested Howard (6-0, 6-2) at No. 3 singles to put RIC up, 3-1. Campos downed Tavares (6-0, 6-1) at No. 1 singles to make it a 3-2 match.

 

Gambardella defeated Fortier (6-3, 6-1) at No. 4 singles, but Hipona once again pulled the visitors within a point, 4-3, with a straight set (6-0, 6-1) win over Scott.

 

Esposito then clinched the win at No. 5 singles, besting Hensley (6-3, 6-3) to end the contest.

 

The Anchormen advance to the Little East Tournament's Second Round and will travel to second-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Thursday, May 4.