April 28, 2017



Providence, R.I.--Sophomore Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) notched a pair of wins, including a match-clinching (6-4, 6-2) win over senior Jacob Averka (Sutton, MA) at No. 5 singles, to lead the Rhode Island College menís tennis team to a thrilling, 5-4, Little East Conference victory at the RIC Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon.


RIC (6-7, 3-2 LEC) took two of the three doubles matches to grab the 2-1 advantage. The Anchormenís No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) and senior captain Cory Duquette (Warwick, RI) posted an 8-2 win against Salem State (3-11, 2-4 LEC) senior Luke Hodgkins (Winthrop, MA) and Noah Hodgkins (Winthrop, MA).


RIC sophomore Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) and Esposito posted an 8-2 win over Salem Stateís Averka and junior Dan Holland (Woburn, MA) at the third doubles spot.


Salem State grabbed a point at No. 1 doubles where sophomore Chen Chen (Lawrence, MA) and freshman Mitchell Dyer (North Attleboro, MA) took an 8-3 win over RIC freshman William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and junior Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI).


Tiberi rebounded for a (6-1, 6-3) win against Luke Hodgkins at the third singles spot. Gambardella picked up his second win on the day for the Anchormen at No. 4 singles, posting a (6-3, 6-0) win over Noah Hodgkins. Esposito then clinched the match for RIC with his straight set win against Averka at the fifth singles spot to propel the team to the one-point victory.


Chen had a straight set (6-0, 6-0) win for Salem State at No. 1 singles against Tavares, while Dyer recorded his second win of the afternoon for the Vikings with a (6-1, 7-6 (7-5)) win against Scott at No. 2 singles. Holland posted a (7-6 (7-5), 6-1) victory against RIC freshman Jonathon Glendinning (Exeter, RI) at No. 6 singles for the final point of the afternoon for Salem State.  


In upcoming action, RIC will continue Little East Conference action at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, April 29 (1 p.m.).