DANBURY, CT - Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) and Jason Hipona (Orange, CT) captured victories at first and second flight singles to draw within an individual match, but the Western Connecticut State University men's tennis team could not come all the way back in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Rhode Island College at Westside Courts.
Campos and Hipona earlier defeated William Tavares and Lee Tiberi at first flight doubles, 8-0.
RIC however, took a 2-1 advantage into singles competiton following victories by Chandler Scott and Cory Duquette over WestConn's Jacques Fortier (Southbury, CT) and Matt O'Keefe (Cromwell, CT), 8-3 at #2 pairs and Matthew Gambardella and Alan Esposito defeated Jeff Hensley (Naugatuck, CT) and Adam Howard (Waterford, CT), 8-3 in the final doubles match.
WestConn, now 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the Little East Conference drew within 4-3 in the match, following Campos' and Hipona's singles victories.
The Anchormen, 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the league, clinched the win at the #3 singles slot when Tiberi beat Adam Howard (Waterford, CT) in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-0, 7-6 (5-0).
Matthew Gambardella earned a straight-set win over Hensley, 7-5, 6-2 and Alan Esposito needed two sets to defeat Fortier, 6-1, 6-2 and fourth and fifth flight singles, respectively.
At #6 singles, O'Keefe lost a close three-set match losing 10-8 in the tiebreaker after he and Jonathan Glendinning split the first two sets, 6-4 and 6-1.
"Today's match could have gone either way," explained WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "It was an exciting match that went down to the wire, but in the end, It was a tough conference loss."
WestConn plays host to Bard College on Senior Day on Thursday, April 20. The careers of Hipona and O'Keefe will be celebrated prior to the match with the Raptors.
Tennis Match Results
Rhode Island College vs Western Connecticut
Apr 18, 2017 at Danbury, Conn.(Westside Courts)
Rhode Island College 6, Western Connecticut 3
1. Aaron Campos (WCSUMT) def. William Tavares (RIC) 6-1, 6-0
2. Jason Hipona (WCSUMT) def. Chandler Scott (RIC) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lee Tiberi (RIC) def. Adam Howard (WCSUMT) 6-0, 7-6 (5-0)
4. Matthew Gambardella (RIC) def. Jeff Hensley (WCSUMT) 7-5, 6-2
5. Alan Esposito (RIC) def. Jacques Fortier (WCSUMT) 6-1, 6-2
6. Jonathan Glendinning (RIC) def. Matt O'Keefe (WCSUMT) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8
1. Jason Hipona/Aaron Campos (WCSUMT) def. William Tavares/Lee Tiberi (RIC) 8-0
2. Chandler Scott/Cory Duquette (RIC) def. Jacques Fortier/Matt O'Keefe (WCSUMT) 8-3
3. Matthew Gambardella/Alan Esposito (RIC) def. Jeff Hensley/Adam Howard (WCSUMT) 8-3
Records: Rhode Island College 5-6, 2-1 LECWestern Connecticut 4-7, 1-2 LEC