The men’s tennis team ended its three-game winning streak with a home loss to Nichols College on April 6, bringing their conference record to 3-1.
Prior to the Nichols match, the Lions had earned their third conference victory with a 7-2 win against Wentworth Institute of Technology on April 2. The match did not start off in ENC’s favor, as the team dropped 1st and 3rd doubles. After 2nd doubles tandem of sophomore Sam McKay-Corkum (Rehoboth, Mass.) and junior Tim Luz (Cumberland, R.I.) won 8-4, ENC trailed 1-2 heading into singles play.
The Lions won all six singles, and the match, giving them a 6-4 (3-0) record.
The next day, ENC took on Emerson College in a nonconference matchup on April 3.
The Lions won all three doubles matches, giving them a strong lead heading into the singles portion of the match. First through fifth singles claimed individual victories, while No. 6 singles took the only loss of the day in a 3-set match.
The 8-1 victory bumped ENC up to a 7-4 overall record and handed Emerson their first defeat of the year.
After big wins in the first three conference matches—9-0 against Curry, 7-2 against Endicott, and 7-2 against Wentworth—ENC suffered its first loss of the season in a tough match against defending CCC champion Nichols College.
1st and 2nd doubles chalked up the first two losses of the match, 8-2 and 8-3, respectively, with 3rd doubles picking up an 8-1 win.
Sophomore Greg Parenteau (Wolcott, Conn.) claimed the only singles win of the day in a 6-3, 6-1 victory at sixth singles.
Senior Austin Steelman (Darlington, Md.) endured a prolonged defeat at first singles in a 3-set match. Steelman started off positive with a 6-4 win in the first set, but fell 7-6 in the second set, and 10-6 in a super-tiebreaker.
Sophomore Tyler Perron (Plympton, Mass.) also fought out a 3-set match, winning the first set 6-2. Perron lost the next 2 sets, 6-4 and 10-5, marking another defeat for ENC.
No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 singles all suffered 2-set losses.
The Lions suffered their second consecutive loss on April 8, this one to UMass Boston.
The No. 3 doubles pair of Perron and Kevin Paterno (Buenos Aires, Argentina) earned the only doubles victory in the match, 8-2. The Lions won at 1st, 5th, and 6th singles, but fell just short in the match.
Conference play continues today, Wednesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Gordon College.