April 3, 2017



Providence, R.I.óSophomore Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) won the deciding singles match as the Rhode Island College menís tennis team notched its first win of the 2017 campaign with a thrilling, 5-4, victory against Bridgewater State in a Little East Conference contest played at the RIC Courts on Monday afternoon.


Bridgewater State (0-2, 0-1 LEC) took the lead after winning two of the three doubles matches to grab a 2-1 advantage. BSU senior Matt McGee (Warren, RI) and senior Chris Jastrab (Chicago, IL) posted an 8-6 win at the No. 1 doubles spot over RIC (1-4, 1-0 LEC) freshman William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and junior Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI).



 Sophomore Alan Esposito


The visiting Bears took another point at third doubles with a 9-7 win by senior Justin Haley (South Yarmouth, MA) and sophomore Alexander Belinsky (Norton, MA) over RIC sophomore Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) and Esposito.


RIC salvaged a point at No. 2 doubles when the Anchormenís duo of senior Cory Duquette (Warwick, RI) and sophomore Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) notched an 8-4 victory against BSU senior Michael Delisle (Berkley, MA) and sophomore Harrison Ryan (Halifax, MA).


In singles action, Duquette posted a (6-1, 6-4) win against Delisle at the No. 4 spot for his second win of the day. Tiberi recorded a (6-3, 6-3) victory over Haley at third singles with Gambardella notching a (6-2, 6-0) win against Ryan at No. 5 singles.


Bridgewater State picked up a win at No. 1 singles as McGee notched a (6-1, 6-2) win over Tavares, while Jastrab posted a (6-2, 6-0) victory at the second singles spot against Scott to knot the match at 4-4. Esposito then clinched the contest for RIC with a thrilling (4-6, 6-1, 6-0) win against Belinsky to give the Anchormen their first win on the season.  


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host MCLA on Thursday, April 6 (3:30 p.m.)