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April 29, 2007

 

Menís Tennis Places Fifth at the
2007 Little East Conference Menís Tennis Championships

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College finished the 2007 season, placing fifth at the Little East Conference Menís Tennis Championships with 8.0 Points. Southern Maine won the title and advanced to the NCAA Div. III Championships with 19.0 points.

 

No. 1 Singles

Fifth-seeded senior Barry Manfredi (Westerly, RI) was defeated by fourth-seeded Western Connecticut junior Wayne Tentler (Johannesburg, South Africa), 8-2, in opening round action of the No. 1 Singles Flight. Manfredi rebounded to win his consolation match to go 1-1 at the championships.

 

No. 2 Singles

Sixth-seeded senior Tauquir Puthawala (Lincoln, RI) was defeated by third-seeded Western Connecticut sophomore Matt Fogel (Westport, CT), 8-4, in opening round action of the No. 2 Singles Flight. He went 1-1 in consolation action to finish out with a 1-2 record at the championships.

 

No. 3 Singles

Sixth-seeded sophomore Garrett Smith (Providence, RI) was defeated by third-seeded Colin Robertson (Newtown, CT) of Western Connecticut, 8-1, in opening round action of the No. 3 Singles Flight. He went 1-1 in consolation action to finish out with a 1-2 record at the championships.

 

No. 4 Singles

Third-seeded junior Lorne Teeter (Warwick, RI) was defeated by sixth-seeded UMass Boston junior Glen Schleehauf (Milton, MA), 8-1, in opening round action of the No. 4 Singles Flight. He dropped his consolation match to finish out with an 0-2 record at the championships.

 

No. 5 Singles

Fourth-seeded junior Rolando Yotharath (Woonsocket, RI) advanced to the semifinals of the No. 5 Singles Flight with an 8-5 victory over Salem State sophomore Jim Lozzi (Topsfield, MA). He fell to top-seeded Southern Maine sophomore Derek Stevenson (Raymond, ME), the eventual Little East Champion at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals

 

No. 6 Singles

Top-seeded sophomore David Haggerty (Woonsocket, RI) lost to seventh-seeded UMass Dartmouth sophomore Alex Samoiloff (Princeton, MA), 6-1, 0-6, 6-4, in the finals match of the No. 6 Singles Flight. He defeated fourth-seeded Bridgewater State junior Greg Nelson (Ashburnham, MA), 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals after receiving a bye in opening round action.

 

No. 1 Doubles (Determined on Saturday, April 28)

Senior Tauquir Puthawala (Lincoln, RI) and freshman Jawad Sefiani (Pawtucket, RI) were defeated by Bridgewater State senior Matt Kelly (Tiverton, RI) and sophomore Matt Charest (Somerset, MA), 8-1, in opening round action of the No. 1 Doubles Flight. They fell in their consolation match to go 0-2 at the championships.

 

No. 2 Doubles (Determined on Saturday, April 28)

Senior Barry Manfredi (Westerly, RI) and junior Lorne Teeter (Warwick, RI) were defeated by UMass Dartmouth senior Chris Sims (Chelmsford, MA) and freshman Ken Sims (Chelmsford, MA), 9-8, in opening round action of the No. 2 Doubles Flight. They rebounded to win both of their consolation matches to go 2-1 at the championships.

 

No. 3 Doubles (Determined on Saturday, April 28)

Juniors Tom Lapierre (Mapleville, RI) and Rolando Yotharath (Woonsocket, RI), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) were defeated by Bridgewater State sophomore Brendon Barbo (Yarmouthport, MA) and junior Barry Gorman (Hopedale, MA) in the finals match at No. 3 doubles. They had defeated UMass Boston sophomore Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India) and freshman C. Albert Thompson (Compton, CA), 8-6, in the first round and UMass Dartmouth junior Eric Dusseault (Taunton, MA) and sophomore Alex Samoiloff (Princeton, MA), 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals.

 

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