BRONX, NY - For the third time this season, the Western Connecticut State University men's tennis team dropped a 5-4 decision. On Wednesday afternoon, Lehman College came from behind to defeat the winless Colonials at the Apex Tennis Courts.
Matthew Carino (Sandy Hook, CT) and William Hogan (Ridgefield, CT) started the match with a victory over Michael Forte and Won Sik Park, 8-2, second-flight doubles.
Myckland Cothias (Danbury, CT) and Shivam Patel (Norwalk, CT) then lost at number three pairs, 8-4 to Joannis Vasos and Ramsey Tapia, followed by a tight loss at top pairs by WestConn's Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) and Jeffrey Baker (Simsbury, CT), 8-6 to Jason Strudwick and Richard Williams.
Down 2-1 heading into singles action, Carino once again got it started with a win at third-flight solos. He defeated Williams, 6-4, 6-3 to knot the match up at 2-2.
The match went back and fourth one more time as Baker fell to Park at fourth singles, 6-2, 6-4, followed by Campos capturing top-flight solos, 6-4, 6-3 over Forte.
The Lightning went 2-1 over the final three matches, beginning with Arman Hossain's 6-1, 7-5 victory over Patel at number six singles.
Now down 3-4 in the match, Hogan's match at second singles and Jeffrey Hensley's (Naugatuck, CT) were vital to the Colonials' comeback bid.
Hensely won easily, 6-2, 6-0 over Vasos, knotting the match at 4-4.
Hogan's match was pulled to a third set, but the freshman dropped the thriller to Strudwick, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
WestConn, now 0-5, plays three straight matches beginning with a road trip to Rhode Island College on Friday, April 13. First serve against the Anchormen is slated for 3:30 pm.