April 19, 2014



Bridgewater, Mass.-Keyed by senior Alex Werchadlo’s (Woonsocket, RI) victory at No. 1 singles, the visiting Anchormen of Rhode Island College posted a 6-3 win over Bridgewater State University in Little East Conference men's tennis action on Saturday afternoon at the Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.


The Anchormen won five of six singles flights to erase a 2-1 deficit after doubles play en route to the conference victory.  RIC improves to 4-6 on the season and 2-2 in the Little East, while the host Bears slip to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in conference play.


Two of the three doubles flight went to a tie-breaker, while five of the six singles matches went three sets.


Werchadlo and freshman Troy Derrick (Rumford, RI) recorded RIC’s lone doubles victory with a 9-8 (7-3) decision at No. 1 doubles. As for the hosts, BSU senior Jesse Gotlib (Dartmouth, MA) and freshman Matt McGee (Warren, RI) teamed up for a 9-8 (7-5) victory at No. 2 doubles, while the tandem of senior Cody Farrell (Scituate, MA) and sophomore Michael Mello (Dartmouth, MA) won, 8-2, at No. 3 double to give the Bears the early, 2-1, lead.



 Senior Alex Werchadlo


RIC freshman Brett Taggart (North Kingstown, RI) tied the match, 2-2, as he rebounded from a set down at No. 4 singles to win in three sets, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1.  Derrick followed with a 6-1, 6-4 straight set victory at No. 2 singles to give the Anchormen the lead.  Sophomore Tim Holzinger (Foster, RI) made it, 4-2,  in favor of the visitors as he also bounced back from a set down with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles.


BSU sophomore Michael Mello (Dartmouth, MA) pulled the Bears closer with a three set triumph at No. 6 singles.  After dropping the first set, 6-1, Mello battled back to win the next two sets, 6-1, 6-2.


Werchadlo, however, secured the victory for RIC with 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 decision at No. 1 singles. Freshman Seongkyeong Kim (North Providence, RI) split the first two sets at No. 5 singles, 0-6, 6-2, before winning the third set and the match in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-4).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Thomas College in non-conference action on Monday, April 21 (4 p.m.).