April 30, 2015



Gorham, Maine-Junior Tyler Adams (Buxton, ME) and senior Scott Gagne (Lewiston, ME) set the tone early, earning an 8-0 win at first doubles, as the top-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies downed the fifth-seeded Rhode Island College Anchormen, 5-0, in the semifinal round of the 2015 Little East Conference Menís Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon at the Gorham High School Tennis Courts.


Southern Maine, which finished the regular season undefeated in the Little East at 6-0, earned the first round bye as the top seed in the tournament. RIC upset fourth-seeded Salem State 5-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round. 


 Defeating the Anchormen, Southern Maine snapped up its ninth consecutive victory to improve to 11-2 overall and advance to the 2015 Little East Conference Championship. The Huskies, the defending 2014 LEC champions, will face second-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  UMass Dartmouth advanced with a 5-4 win over third-seeded UMass Boston in the other semifinal round. RIC concludes its season with a 4-10 record. 


Adams and Gagne recorded the first points of the match defeating the RIC tandem of junior Tim Holzinger (Foster, RI) and sophomore Seongkyeong Kim (North Providence, RI), 8-0, at the top of the doubles flight. 



Junior Tim Holzinger 


Southern Maine went on to take a 3-0 lead following doubles action as senior Thaddeus St. John (Weld, ME) and sophomore Kyle Curley (Gorham, ME) and juniors Eric Berry-Sandelin (South Portland, ME) and Sebastien Taylor (Auburn, ME) claimed wins at second and third doubles, respectively. 


St. John and Curley defeated RICís freshmen Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) and Josh Pimentel (Smithfield, RI) 8-2, while Berry-Sandelin and Taylor worked their way to an 8-6 win over sophomores Brett Taggart (North Kingstown, RI) and Chris Klawitter (Brooklyn, CT). 


In singles action, Adams and St. John claimed the Huskiesí fourth and deciding fifth points, respectively.  Adams dispatched Holzinger (6-0, 6-0) at first singles, while St. John downed Tiberi in similar fashion (6-0, 6-0) to claim the win.