April 28, 2015



Salem, Mass.-The fifth-seeded Rhode Island College menís tennis team opened with two doubles wins and went on to a 5-4 victory over fourth-seeded Salem State in opening round action of the 2015 Little East Conference Menís Tennis Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.


The Anchormen (4-9) advance to face top-seeded Southern Maine on Thursday, while Salem State (5-10) sees their season come to an end. RIC lost, 5-4, to the Vikings in the two clubs' regular season meeting on April 4.


The Vikings freshmen pairing of John Didonato (Newbury, MA) and Matt Mogren (Newburyport, MA) defeated RICís pairing of junior Tim Holzinger (Foster, RI) and sophomore Seongkyeong Kim (North Providence, RI), 8-4, at No. 1 doubles.


However, No. 2 doubles saw RIC freshmen Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) and Josh Pimentel (Smithfield, RI) top juniors Conner Erickson (Hubbardston, MA) and David Dluznieski (Auburn, MA), 8-6.




The Anchormen secured the lead heading in to singles play when sophomore Chris Klawitter (Brooklyn, CT) and sophomore Brett Taggart (North Kingstown, RI) topped junior Kevin Lam (Salem, MA) and sophomore Luke Hodgkins (Winthrop, MA), 8-4, at No. 3 doubles.


Mogren topped Holzinger (6-2, 6-3) at No. 1 singles with Didonato besting Kim (6-4, 4-6, 7-5) at the No. 2 flight. Taggart beat Erickson (6-4, 7-5) at No. 3 singles while Tiberi beat Hodgkins (6-0, 6-1) at No. 4 singles.


Pimentel beat junior Robert Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2) at No. 5 singles with the Vikingsí Dluznieski besting senior Brian Gil (North Providence, RI) (6-3, 4-6, 6-2) at the No. 6 flight.