PROVIDENCE, RI – After winning its previous four matches, the fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University men's tennis squad saw its winning streak and season come to an end as they fell at fourth-seeded Rhode Island College, 5-3, in the Little East Conference postseason tournament quarterfinal round on Tuesday afternoon.
"This was a very tough loss for our guys. They had been building some positive momentum over the last 2 weeks to prepare for this match but I think the pressure got the best of them," said Colonial head coach Shawn Stillman following the gut wrenching loss.
Anchormen senior Brett Taggart (North Kingstown, RI) and freshman Alex Bourque (North Smithfield, RI) recorded an 8-6 win over WestConn junior Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) and sophomore Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) at the No. 1 doubles spot.
RIC freshman Cam Chadwick (Narragansett, RI) and junior Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) defeated the Colonials tandem of rookie Matthew Carino (Sandy Hook, CT) and freshman Jeff Baker (Simsbury, CT), 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. The Anchormen would take the final doubles slot, pulling ahead 3-0.
However, the Colonials climbed back into the match with singles wins at No. 1, 3 and 6. Campos bested Chadwick (6-2, 6-1) at the top spot, while Hogan downed Bourque (6-1, 6-1) and Hensley bested junior Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) (6-3, 6-1).
Unfortunately, it was not enough. The Colonials will look to rebound in 2019.